Filipino Wilfredo Torres was hired as a technician for Southeast Asia's only nuclear power plant in the 1980s but has spent the past decade giving guided tours at the never-used facility.

The Philippines splashed out $2.3 billion on the 621-megawatt Bataan Nuclear Power Plant but mothballed it after the collapse of a dictatorship and the devastating Chernobyl disaster in the USSR.

Now there is a chance that Torres, 56, might get to see the plant in action before he retires in four years.