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By: Callandra  09-12-2011
Keywords: Natural Gas, Public Transport, philippines


Supplying LNG for Gas-fired Powerplants

Power Generation Plants in the Philippines have an installed capacity of about 15,937 megawatts (MW), 49% of which (7,809MW) is generated using local and imported oil and coal. The current natural gas fired power generation plants only represent 8.3% of the total energy supply mix at 2,700 megawatts. The Clean Air Act of 1999 (Republic Act 8749 or RA8749) also called for the mandatory decommissioning or conversion to natural gas, of oil and coal power generating plants beginning 2011. It is projected that by the year 2017, the Philippines will need an additional 8,000MW of electricity due to the 4.6% annual increase in energy consumption, and a series of decommissioned power generating plants affected by the Clean Air Act of 1999. Natural gas for use as powerplant fuel is the only viable and RA8749 compliant alternative to oil and coal, to satisfy this inevitable shortage in power generation.


Supplying LNG for Boilers, Petrochemical, and other plants

The Commercial Sector utilize natural gas mainly for heating, cooling, cooking, waste treatment, incineration, drying and dehumidification, glass melting, food processing and fueling industrial boilers. The Industrial Sectorutilize natural gasĀ  as a building block of methanol, the base foundation to produce fuel cells, formaldehyde, acetic acid, and MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) which is used as an additive for cleaner burning gasoline.

Additionally, natural gas is also used in the production of plastics, desiccant systems, pharmaceutical applications, and recycling. The Philippines is a major destination of foreign corporations for manufacturing their products, but the use of natural gas in the industrial and commercial sector only exists in their long term plans.


Supplying CNG as a Cheaper and Cleaner Diesel and Petrol Alternative

The Philippine public Transport Sectorhas pioneered the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as a cleaner and cheaper diesel alternative. Executive Order 290 (EO290) signed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2002 called for the use of CNG in lieu of diesel to support the critical Philippine public transport sector. EO290 applies to the 20,000 public transit buses, 197,000 jeepneys, taxis, and tricycles that are Government-licensed to service the commuting public of the Philippines.

Keywords: Natural Gas, philippines, Public Transport