TAGBILARAN CITY The Power barge 105 berthed at Liloan, Cortes town is gathering rust in its crust and it looks like abandoned and becoming scrap of metal. It was once the reliable source of power supply in Bohol, Masbate and other provinces it served, a Napocor worker said. It may lose power to supply electric but it may also be a source of tourism come-on. This developed as a new idea came up for the floating power source owned and operated by National Power Corporation (Napocor).
This time it is eyed to turn it into a tourism facility, a restaurant or museum, of sort, Gov. Edgar Chatto said. Talks between the Napocor’s top brass and the provincial government are a foot for the power barge usefulness rather than junked it altogether, he
said. But there?s no definite plan of the barge, which is a part of the defunct small Power Unit Group or SPUG electric generators.
The governor said that Napocor officials are willing to turn it over to the provincial government but did not mention whether it?s for free or for a fee for its scrap value. The governor said that the idea or plan for the power barge will still pass through the scrutiny of the provincial board. The governor may be accurate in saying that ?we have been demanding ang power barge ipakuha diha sa area nga wa na mahimusli. Some residents particularly those engaging in nature-tourism nearby Abatan river expressed fears over environmental concern if the power barge remained there forever.
In an interview, one of the Napocor workers said the 14-megawatt power barge has been ripped off with its spare parts. (rvo)