Atlantic Gulf & Pacific (AG&P) has announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has issued it a notice to proceed (NTP) for the development of its proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and regasification terminal in Batangas Bay.
AG&P’s terminal, to be called Philippines LNG (PLNG), would store and dispatch LNG to power plant, industrial, and commercial consumers. The company also aims PLNG to be the country’s first commissioned LNG terminal.
The terminal, AG&P said, will be able to deliver up to 3.0 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of regasified LNG for liquid distribution. PLNG will also have scalable onshore regasification capacity of 420-million standard cubic feet and almost 200,000-cubic meter of storage, which would ensure high availability and reliability of natural gas for its customers.
PLNG’s pre-development work has already been completed and is expected to be commissioned by summer 2022.
“We are excited about this critical step in bringing AG&P’s Philippines LNG Import Terminal online. AG&P is working to bring this safe, environmentally-friendly, competitive fuel to our customers by the summer of 2022 and hope that the wide availability of natural gas will spur manufacturing and jobs in the Philippines,” AG&P LNG Terminals & Logistics President Karthik Sathyamoorthy said in a statement.
“We salute [the DOE] for its professionalism and hard work in evaluating our proposal and granting AG&P the Notice to Proceed. We are aligned with the DOE’s forward-looking vision for clean energy and look forward to supporting it,” he continued.
AG&P, through its local arm Linseed Field Power Corporation, said back in February its plan to invest Php14.6 billion for the LNG terminal located next to the existing Ilijan Combined-Cycle Power Plant in Batangas City.
It was initially reported that the terminal would provide for the LNG demand requirements of the current 1,200-megawatt (MW) Ilijan plant, its 850MW expansion, and future power projects of San Miguel Corporation.