DoE considering LNG conversion for Malaya plant

BIDDING for the government-owned Malaya thermal power plant might go back to square one after the Department of Energy (DoE) said it may add a new condition: the conversion of the 650-megawatt (MW) facility into a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant. “We want to have available capacity, so what we said is part of the…

UK urges long-term plan for LNG

THE British Embassy has prepared a study on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and has laid out policy options that the Philippine government can assess and possibly adopt ahead of plans by a UK company to invest in the local LNG business. “Unless the government sets the LNG policy and the strategy, it’s very difficult for…

Expanded Bat-Man sole energy project in PPP pipeline

A Single energy project is expected under the public-private partnership (PPP) program, which is an expanded version of the earlier Batangas-Manila Natural Gas Pipeline project, the PPP Center’s top official said. The Bat-Man project is still being processed under the PPP program, PPP Center executive director Ferdinand Pecson said in an interview on the sidelines…

Cusi outlines Philippines LNG roadmap in Japan forum

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has outlined the country’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) roadmap to Japanese investors to encourage investments in the sector. Cusi, who is currently in Japan to attend the LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2016, encouraged the international community to tighten partnerships in further developing and promoting the LNG industry, especially in the Philippines. “As…

First Gen eyes foreign partners for LNG terminal

FIRST GEN Corp. is offering up to 40% of its proposed $1-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal in Batangas City to prospective investors, the head of the Lopez-led company said on Thursday. “We are going through a partner selection process. We have very good names in the shortlist. We’re talking to Japanese and European…

DOE works on LNG policy

The Department of Energy (DOE) is working on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) policy necessary to help the industry move forward and provide the country additional sources of power, a ranking official said. In an interview, DOE Undersecretary Felix William Fuentebella said the agency has started gathering the latest data and information related to LNG…

DOE rolls out plan for LNG terminal

The Departmenty of Energy plans to spearhead the establishment of a liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal, whether the Malampaya deep water gas-to-power project gets extended or not, to ensure continued supply in the country. The DOE will put up a LNG terminal to ensure LNG supply in the country, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said in…

Meralco, Osaka Gas LNG joint venture to await FS completion

TALKS between Osaka Gas Co. Ltd. of Japan and the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) for a possible joint venture in a power project involving liquefied natural gas (LNG) would have to take a back seat pending results of their respective feasibility studies. Meralco President Oscar Reyes said the direction toward renewable energy, limited gas sources…

New DOE chief eyes conversion of BNPP into main LNG terminal

The mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) can be converted into the country’s main hub for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, according to newly-appointed Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi. The 30-year-old BNPP is being maintained by government at an annual cost of P40 million, which would need a review to determine if “it is still…

AG&P to offer small-scale LNG solutions

Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Company (AG&P) expects to widen its reach in offering small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) solutions in the Philippines with its partnership with France-based engineering company Gaztransport & Technigaz S.A. (GTT).  The deal will allow the Filipino company to build “membrane systems” for onshore tanks, LNG bunkering infrastructure, LNG carriers and other LNG-related…

IEA sees Asean members as buyers in global gas trade

THE next five years will bring a reshaping of the global gas trade, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said June 8 in its 2016 Medium-Term Gas Market Report.  “New liquefied natural gas [LNG] supplies are coming on line just as demand growth in some major markets weakens, resulting in major shifts in global gas-trade patterns….