Shell breaks ground for Davao import terminal

Shell Davao

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC) has begun construction on its Darong Import Facility in Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur.

With a rated capacity of 67 million liters of petroleum products, Shell said the Darong import terminal would be the company’s third-largest facility in the country after the 263 million-liter capacity Shell Import Facility Tabanagao (SHIFT) in Batangas City and the 90 million-liter capacity Northern Mindanao Import Facility in Cagayan De Oro City. 

The multinational oil giant also has a 54 million-liter capacity import terminal in Subic, making Darong its fourth import terminal in the country.

With Darong’s commercial operations are expected to begin by the third quarter of 2024, Shell said it plans to build 80 more gas stations in southern Mindanao by 2025

“Southern Mindanao is a strategic growth location for Shell. The Darong Import Facility will allow us to fulfill our commitment to support economic activities as the Philippines continues to recover from COVID-19. It strengthens our capacity to continue to deliver quality fuels to our customers, consistent with our organization growth plans,” PSPC Vice President for Corporate Relations Serge Bernal said during its groundbreaking event. 

The import facility is a joint venture between Northern Star Energy Corporation and DMCI Construction and Equipment Resources, Inc. Meanwhile, Sta. Cruz Storage Corporation will design, construct, and operate the facility for Shell with an exclusive-use arrangement for a term contract with an option to extend.