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Oil extraction from sunken tanker to start late February

Posted by Michille on January 31st, 2007

By Carla Gomez
Visayas Bureau
Last updated 03:44pm (Mla time) 01/31/2007

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines — A Singapore-based company is set to start draining off the remaining bunker fuel from a tanker that sank off Guimaras last August, presidential adviser for Western Visayas Rafael Coscolluela said Wednesday.

The Philippine Coast Guard is expected to grant a salvage permit this week to Sonsub Ltd., which is expected to start clean-up operations late February, Coscolluela said.

He said the operation to siphon off the oil still trapped in the MT Solar 1’s holds would take three weeks and would be completed by the middle of March. The operation will cost between $8 million and $10 million.


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