DOE says Malampaya maintenance shutdown completed



The Department of Energy on Monday said that the 15-day maintenance shutdown for works for the Malampaya Deepwater Gas-to-Power has been completed.

According to the DOE, the completion of the first maintenance shutdown was done under an all-Filipino owned consortium.

It will be recalled that the 15-day maintenance works started from February 4 to 18, 2023.

It was completed with no recorded incidents recorded, and covered the platform, pipelines, and the entire system.

The DOE also said that the major regular maintenance works were being conducted for decades. However, it was done for the first time with a Filipino team.

Port and casino magnate Enrique Razon’s Prime Infrastructure Capital Inc acquired full ownership of Shell Philippines Exploration, to which it has a 45 percent stake, while Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy’s Udenna Corp holds another 45 percent, after acquiring it from Chevron. The state-owned PNOC Exploration Corp holds the remaining 10 percent.

“The Service Contract (SC) 38 Consortium was able to mobilize the necessary international technical services to work with the Filipino team,” the DOE said.

“The works were completed with zero incidents recorded. This was achieved through diligent planning and execution by the operator, Prime Energy, in coordination with the DOE,” it added.

Prime Energy resumed their delivery of Malampaya power plants at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, February 19, as scheduled.

“Prior to the commencement of the work scope, the DOE together with Prime Energy, conducted numerous engagements with the stakeholder communities, local government units, and other government agencies particularly in the vicinity of the Onshore Gas Plant in Batangas,” it said.

“This was done to ensure awareness during the course of the works, particularly during flaring activities,” it added.

The Malampaya gas-to-power facility fuels three gas-fired power plants and has a total generating capacity of 2,700 megawatts (MW).

It provided up to 30% of the power generation needed in Luzon.

Connected to onshore gas plants in Batangas, the Malampaya offshore facility in Northern Palawan was inaugurated in 2001.

CurrentPH News Service

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