The Philippine Star, 19 September 2013
By Irish C. Gonzales
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Energy has urged global oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell plc and Lopez owned First Gen Corp. to explore a possible supply partnership that could jumpstart the countryâ€™s liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry.
The planned Batangas-Manila (BatMan 1) natural gas pipeline faces delays and may not be in place in five years, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said.
As such, Petilla said these industry giants should look into supplying their natural gas to other takers even without the pipeline yet.
â€śI wouldnâ€™t count BatMan to be in place in the next five years. Thatâ€™s the timetable of PNOC (Philippine National Oil Co). To do the feasibility study, it would take about 16 to 18 months and then three months to convert this into a commercial (project). And then it would be bid out. The construction will happen in the next two to three years. If you look at the timeline, it is really going to take too much time,â€ť Petilla said.
Earlier, the DOE said it was looking at starting the construction of BatMan 1 between 2015 and 2017.
In July, Shell announced its decision to proceed with the front-end engineering and design (FEED) for a LNG import facility in Batangas.
First Gen, on the other hand, can be an LNG customer given its planned 1,300 megawatts of natural gas facilities in the next five years.
State run, PNOC has tapped the Project Development and Monitoring Facility (PDMF) to study the feasibility of constructing the pipeline.
The PDMF is a revolving pool of funds from the Philippine government and the governments of Australia and Canada under a capacity building technical assistance project from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to enhance the investment environment for the Aquino administrationâ€™s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program.
The PPP Center will be conducting the study with the help of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to be completed possibly by the end of the year or within the first quarter of 2014.
Petilla said industry players such as Shell should take into consideration every available usage of LNG in coming up with their respective LNG plans.
â€śThey should maximize every available usage of LNG and not rely on just one. BatMan is just one,â€ť Petilla said.
Initially, a 105-kilometer transmission pipeline under the Batangas-Manila natural gas pipeline project will be constructed to transport and supply natural gas to targeted markets located along its route from Batangas, Laguna, Cavite and eventually to Metro Manila.
Included in the project is the construction of a LNG receiving plant and the installation of compressor stations, metering stations, valves as well as control stations.
28 January 2013, Rappler.com
The Project Development and Monitoring Facility (PDMF) Board approved 4 transportation and natural gas projects to obtain access to pre-feasibility funding this year.
Under the PDMF, these projects will be assisted in pre-investment activities such as the preparation of feasibility studies, bid process management, and advisory services until financial close.
In a statement on Monday, January 28, the PPP Center said the 4 projects that were granted access to the fund are the:
“Our directive for this year is help implementing agencies to carry out what is dubbed as ambitious projects that will have a massive and positive impact on the countryâ€™s economy,” PPP Center Executive Director Cosette V. Canilao said.
The Plaridel Bypass Toll Road Project will convert the Plaridel bypass road into a toll highway, which will involve road expansion, construction of additional interchanges, flyovers, toll plazas and other miscellaneous works.
The Plaridel bypass road is currently being constructed through the initiatives of the DPWH. Once constructed, the 24.61 km-road stretch will traverse 5 Bulacan municipalities, Balagtas, Guiguinto, Plaridel, Bustos, and San Rafael.
The Manila-Makati-Pasay-Paranaque Mass Transit System Project, on the other hand, is foreseen to interconnect the 4 cities starting from the C5-32nd Street roadway to EDSA-Buendia-Makati Avenue-Ayala Triangle-Buendia roads.
It will cross the PNR Buendia Station, LRT 1 Buendia Station to CCP Complex and Mall of Asia to EDSA Ayala completing the loop up to Makati Ayala Triangle.
The PNR North and South Lines Development and Extension Project will upgrade the PNR railway systems. It will cover the entire PNR Mainline North and South Lines including branch lines of Tarlac-San Jose in the north, and Calamba-Batangas in the south.
“The PDMF-funded study will also look into possible extension of the north line to Cagayan. An important feature of the project is the plan to revive freight operations.This will provide a convenient, affordable and environment-friendly alternative transportation for people and their goods,” the PPP Center said.
The PPP Center said the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) aims to develop the natural gas industry of the country by building a series of network pipelines in Luzon.
This will be started through a 105-km transmission pipeline under the Batangas-Manila Natural Gas Pipeline Project I (BatMan I). It will transport and supply natural gas to targeted markets located along its route from Batangas, Laguna, Cavite and eventually to Metro Manila.
“Included in the project is the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving plant and the installation of compressor stations, metering stations, valves as well as control stations and SCADA systems,” the PPP Center said.
The PDMF is a revolving fund managed by the PPP Center. The amount spent for projects’ pre-investment studies are reimbursed by the winning bidder to the PPP Center only after the project is awarded. -Â Rappler.com