Partners of Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power project have started operations from the new platform in the Philippines.
The joint venture partners in the project include Shell Philippines Exploration (SPEX), Chevron Malampaya (Chevron) and the Philippine National Oil Company- Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC).
The new offshore depletion compression platform (DCP), which began gas production, is located next to the existing Malampaya Shallow Water Platform some 50km offshore from Palawan in western Philippines.
According to SPEX, the platform will ensure consistent supply of natural gas to power the Luzon electricity grid by maintaining the level of gas production to fulfil commitments under existing gas sales agreements.
SPEX managing director Sebastian Quiniones said: "This latest phase in Malampaya is a continuation of the Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power Project’s positive legacy to the Philippines by providing the country a safe, reliable, and cleaner energy resource.
"The project also promotes inclusive growth by elevating the capability of the Filipinos to world-class standards."
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The platform was built at the Keppel Shipyard in Subic, Zambales, and due to its self-installing technology it did not require large specialised vessels for installation.
Built to float, the platform was towed from Subic to the Malampaya location, offshore Palawan and comprises an inbuilt jacking system that enabled the 80m legs to be jacked down and lift the platform from the water into its final position.
Spearheaded by the Philippines Department of Energy, the Malampaya Deep Water Gas-To-Power project is developed and operated by SPEX, on behalf of the JV partners.
Malampaya fuels three natural gas-fired power stations with a total generating capacity of 2,700MW, which can meet 30% of the country’s energy needs.
Image: The newly inaugurated DCP (left) is linked to the existing Malampaya Shallow Water Platform and will maintain the level of gas production to continue supplying around a third of the Philippines’ power requirements. Photo: courtesy of Shell Philippines Exploration, BV.