Gov't bids out cleanup of oil spill triggered by 'Yolanda'

November 21, 2013 11:31 AM

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By: Euan Paulo C. Añonuevo, November 21, 2013 4:15 PM

MANILA - The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (Psalm) has tapped the services of a third party to clean up the oil spill from a power barge that ran aground in Iloilo at the height of Typhoon 'Yolanda'.

State-run Psalm yesterday awarded to Kuan Yu Global Technologies Inc the contract to clean up the affected shoreline and contain the oil spill from Power Barge (PB) 103 in Estancia, Iloilo.

Kuan Yu, which posted the winning offer of P87.2 million, will be responsible for siphoning and transferring oil from PB 103 to other power barges; re-floating and towing the facility to a dry docking facility; and disposal and treatment of waste oil and debris.

"Kuan Yu will coordinate with the Philippine Coast Guard to ensure that by Friday morning, necessary manpower and receptacles will be in Estancia. This is to comply with the condition in the request for proposal that the winning bidder must be able to mobilize within 48 hours from the time of bidding conclusion," National Power Corp (Napocor), which operates the barge, said in a statement.

The 32-megawatt PB 103 was swept aground by strong winds and a storm surge on November 8. As a result, the facility leaked oil along the shoreline.

Napocor had deployed spill booms to contain the leaked oil and supplemented this with same equipment provided by the Coast Guard.

Napocor also engaged the services of the local community to manually scoop the spilled fuel oil and place the same in containers before they were hauled off for proper disposal.

Empty drums were provided by local government units, Petron Corp and Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp to assist Napocor with the containment of the collected oil.

Napocor also used a 16,000 liter lube oil tank for containment but all available receptacles on site are now filled to capacity.

"Collection of oil contaminated debris continues as [Napocor] steps up efforts to gather more storage units to enable it to continue with the scooping of spilled fuel oil until the private contractor engaged by Psalm takes over containment and clean-up operations," Napocor said.


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