Pilipinas Shell Petroleum is working to open
opened the country’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) mother refuelling station in Tabangao, Batangas and its daughter station.
Originally scheduled to open on 11 June, the station will likely be operational in August, according to the DOE in the Philippines.
The facility will serve an initial fleet of 200 CNG-fueled public utility buses.
The station is an important component of the government’s CNG for Public Transport Pilot Project (PTPP). The PTPP is also a component of the Natural Gas Vehicle Program for Public Transport (NGVPPT) program launched in October 2001. The projects are intended to promote the use of natural gas in the transport sector to help ensure fuel supply security and diversity as well as improve air quality.
(Thanks to Brett Jarman, editor of NGV Global, for the correction!)
Natural gas from the Malampaya Deep Water Gas project (operated by Shell) will be compressed into cylinders at the CNG mother station,and then transported by land to the daughter retail station.
This marks the first use of Malampaya natural gas for other than power generation.
The US$4.5 billion Malampaya Deep Water Gas to Power project extracts gas from 3,000 meters below sea level. The gas flows through five subsea wellheads to a manifold in 820-meter water depth, then through two 30-kilometer flowlines to a shallow water production platform where the gas is dried.
The dried gas is then transported through a 504-kilometer subsea pipeline from the platform in offshore Palawan to the on-shore gas plant in Batangas where gas is further processed with the removal of hydrogen sulfide and finally delivered to three combined-cycle gas turbine power plants.