Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Energy department to develop PH as LNG hub

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Oct. 11 - The Department of Energy (DOE) announced plans to develop the domestic natural gas industry, and eventually transform the Philippines as the liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading and trans-shipment hub in the Asia-Pacific Region.

According to Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, the DOE is "already preparing the necessary policies as we approach the depletion of indigenous natural gas supply from Malampaya by 2024.”

“By diversifying our energy mix through LNG, we are ensuring a secure and stable supply of energy. This is a priority,” Cusi pointed out.

The DOE public consultation was held at DOE’s headquarter office in Taguig City to fine-tune the draft Philippine Natural Gas Regulation (PNGR), the policy framework that will guide the development of the natural gas industry in the country.

The DOE presented the draft PNGR in accordance to several key considerations:

The expected drop in indigenous natural gas supply coming from Malampaya gas field by 2024;

The potential of LNG to cover the increasing mid-merit to peaking demand of the Philippines which is expected to require around 18,500 megawatts (MW) by 2040 based on the Philippine Energy Plan (PEP);

The potential of LNG/natural gas-fired power plants in complementing renewables which are poised to increase from 5,000 MW to 15,000 MW by 2035;

The potential of LNG to replace diesel-fired power plants in off-grid areas; and

The expected non-power demand for natural gas from the commercial, industrial, transportation, and even household sectors.

The Philippine Natural Gas Regulation (PNGR) public consultation was attended by interested local and foreign stakeholders to include Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc., Aboitiz Power, CN Energy, Energy Development Corporation, CNOOC, Embassy of Australia, Embassy of Singapore, Embassy of Japan, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Energy World Corporated Ltd., Gas Power Solutions, GE Philippines, Inc., IE Singapore, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, JGC Philippines Inc., JSK Gas Corporation, JSK Holdings, KEPCO Philippines Corporation, Lantau Group, Marubeni Philippines Corporation, Metro Pacific Investments, Mitsui & Co. (Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.), National Power Corporation, Osaka Gas Manila, Pavilion Energy Pte. Ltd., Philippine Petroleum Association of Upstream Industry Inc. (PAP), Sumitomo Corporation of the Philippines, Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters Pte. Ltd., SK E&S, SSB Cryogenic Equipment Pte Ltd., Tokyo Gas Co, Ltd., Total Gas and Power Asia, Vires, PXP Energy Corporation, Shell, Philodrill, Star Power, PHINMA, First Gen Corporation, Blackstone, CleanRock, Basic Energy Corporation, Enerbay, Philippine National Oil Company-Exploration Corporation, CGN New Energy Holdings Co. Ltd., Shell Philippines Exploration B.V., SCU, PhiLNG, Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation, City Enro (BCG), LGU-Pagbilao, Philippine National Oil Company, First Gas, Puno and Peñarroyo Law Offices, International Finance Corporation. (DOE/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Pinoys dominate in Siargao invitational beach volleyball

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Oct. 11 (PIA) – The homecourt advantage played well for the Filipino volleyball players as they emerged winners at the recently concluded Siargao Invitational Beach Volleyball held in Cloud 9, Gen. Luna, Siargao Island.

Metchie Castillo and Joan Polinar of Davao City won P15,000 each for the first prize, based on the official results released by the Provincial Tourism Office under Provincial Coordinator Ivonnie Dumadag. Placing second were Crezel Lucagmo and Dara Pingos of Cagayan de Oro who each received P10,000 prize money.

Meanwhile, Kit Mariquit of Davao City and Ikit Agudo of Siargao trailed behind for the third prize with P8,000 each. Garnering the fourth prize of P5,000 were Jane Zapanta and Love Joys Guminang of Davao City.

For the consolation prize worth P2,000 each, recipients were PO1 Lorilyn Catubag of Tagum City, SPO1 Norine Lapating of Cotabato City, PO1 Jessan Tano of Siargao, PO1 Floricel Magsigay and Hannica Trinidad of Davao City, Ildecres Axad of Compostela Valley, Charlene Lucagbo of Iligan City, Mayla Casinao of RTU Manila, Mercy Suaybaguio of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur and Eva Mae Trinidad of Mati City.

It should be noted that the invitational beach volleyball is a major side event of the historic 23rd Siargao International Surfing Festival which opened on September 23 and capped on September 28, 2017.


Mayor Jaime Rusillon and Vice Mayor Veronico Solloso thanked the participants and the facilitators from the provincial government led by Governor Sol F. Matugas. (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)