Philippines to vary energy sources, use more gas

Philippines' Energy Sec. Angelo T. Reyes has promised to make more use of gas to vary the country's energy sources and lessen its dependence on imported oil, estimated at some 325,000 b/d during 2006.

Aug 16th, 2007

Eric Watkins
Senior Correspondent

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16 -- Recently appointed Philippines' Energy Secretary Angelo T. Reyes has promised to make more use of natural gas to vary the country's energy sources and lessen its dependence on imported oil, estimated at some 325,000 b/d during 2006.

"Natural gas is the fuel of the future. [It] provides energy independence, stable and secure energy supply, and clean and efficient fuel. We are currently using this for power alone but we need to promote it in the transport, industrial, and commercial sectors," Reyes said.

He said several gas projects earmarked for construction will require $5 billion in investment during the next 7 years.

Among the projects Reyes said his department proposes is conversion of the Sucat, Limay, and Malaya coal-thermal power plants to gas-fired power facilities and construction of the 100-km Batangas-Manila 1 and 140-km Bataan-Manila II gas pipelines.

Plans also are under way for construction of new gas facilities in Central Luzon, Cebu, Agusan and Davao, and Palawan, while compressed natural gas facilities could be built in Luzon in areas such as Batangas, the Clark economic zone, and Cavite.

Reyes said gas constituted 29% of the country's power generation mix in 2006, while coal and oil made up 27% and 8%, respectively.

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