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Shell-Texaco-Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC) started the flow of gas from Malampaya field off Palawan Island on Sept. 27, 2001. The produced gas passes through a 504 km submarine pipeline from giant Malampaya deepwater gas field off the northwest coast of Palawan to Tananga, Batangas, about 130 km south of Manila (Fig. 1).
This culminated some 12 years of effort from discovery of the Camago-Malampaya trend by Occidental Petroleum Corp. in 1989. It also represents the first major discovery in the Philippines: 2.8 tcf of gas and 268 million bbl of oil in place. It is the first really significant hydrocarbon discovery in the Philippines after nearly ...