Shell plans to expand Batangas import terminal

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Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. plans to increase cargo capacity at its Tabangao fuel import terminal in Batangas in anticipation of demand growth as the Philippine economy recovers.

The former crude oil refinery, which was once the second largest in the country, is now known as the Shell Import Facility in Tabangao or “Shift”. It was officially launched on June 30 after its conversion into a “world-class” fuel terminal.

As such, the Shift has a storage capacity of up to 263 million liters while its jetties are designed to accommodate products from various vessel sizes, especially medium range import vessels.

Medium-range ships are those that can carry around 30 million to 50 million liters of petroleum products like gasoline or diesel.

In addition, Tabangao piers are equipped with loading arms or gantries designed for faster, easier and more ergonomic operation when transferring fuel to tank trucks. These can fully load a 30,000 liter truck in 20 minutes.

According to Shell, there are plans to set up another bottom loading gantry to support the growth targets of their marketing business.

“Industries are gradually overcoming the challenges posed by the pandemic and positioning themselves not only for recovery, but also for growth,” Pilipinas Shell President and CEO Cesar Romero said in a statement.

“We are here to support them (the industries) at this critical time, just as we have been doing for over 107 years in the Philippines,” Romero said.

Shell also touted the Tabangao terminal as being powered entirely by renewable energy, a combination of solar, geothermal and hydropower supplied by Shell Energy Philippines (SEPH).

SEPH is a retail electricity supplier, which is registered with Shell Companies in the Philippines (SciP). It operates an on-site solar farm with 5,220 solar panels and seven inverters capable of generating up to 300 megawatt hours of electricity.

“Tough decisions (to quit the refining business) come from positive results,” Romero said. “We are now better positioned, operationally and financially, to meet the country’s energy needs as the economy reopens with the lifting of restrictions.”

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