Shell have announced first gas from its latest offshore gas platform, the Malampaya, off the Philippine coast.
The Malampaya gas field, sits approximately 31 miles (50km) offshore western Philippines, and is operated by Shell through a joint venture, Shell Philippines Exploration (SPEX), including Chevron and the Philippine National Oil Company- Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC).
The new offshore Depletion Compression Platform (DCP), will see the Malampaya gas field, continue to produce enough natural gas to power 30% of the Philippines total demand.
Offshore Installation Savings
The Malampaya gas platform, has a jack-up design, enabling Shell to self install, without the need for the usual fleet of offshore construction vessels.
The deign and installation was a first for the oil and gas super major, bringing huge savings on conventional offshore platform installation methods.
All construction work was carried out in the Philippines, with the total employment reaching 1,400 local workers at its peak.
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.”