by Ronnie Teo, firstname.lastname@example.org.
KUCHING: Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) is making headwinds in the Philippines with Phases 2 and 3 of the Malampaya gas-to-power deepwater platform offshore Palawan, utilising talent from other previous projects like Malaysia’s Gumusut Kakap floating platform to ensure success.
According to Shell Philippines Exploration BV (SPEX) asset manager and managing director Sebastian Cortez Quiniones Jr, Phase 2 includes two additional production wells while Phase 3 will see the addition of a second offshore platform.
This platform will be the first gas platform to be fully built in the Philippines, generating over 1,400 direct local jobs and opening doors for the Philippines to be a fabrication site for future oil and gas projects.
“The transfer of technology will also help capacity building of Filipino workforce to enter the highly sophisticated oil and gas industry through our world-class training center,” he highlighted during a media briefing here recently.
As Shell’s most successful public private partnership project to date, the MD said the Malampaya project has helped the Philippines to reduce its dependence on imported fuel by thirty per cent.
“It is an extremely reliable source of power to the Philippines. We’ve had no incidences whatsoever,” he affirmed.
“If the facility trips, the whole of Luzon will have no electricity. We are proud to announce there is no such case yet.”
The project provides clean and indigenous natural gas which produces between 25 to 50 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions compared to other fuels used for power generation, such as coal or fuel oil.
Up to June 2014, the Malampaya project has seen more than US$7.7 billion remitted to the Philippine government.
Living up to its social commitment to countries it is involved in, Shell takes heed to contribute back to the country by heightening local worker inclusiveness for Phases 2 and 3 of Malampaya.
This include segments such as engineering designs (both basic and detailled), fabrication, as well as hook-up, commissioning and start-up segments which, prior to this, utilised foreign workers.
Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/11/25/malampaya-powers-progress-for-shell-in-the-philippines/