AG&P gets nod to build LNG terminal

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    Atlantic Gulf & Pacific Company (AG&P) said on Monday its Philippines subsidiary has received the green light to develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and regasification terminal in Batangas Bay, south of Manila.

    The firm, part owned by Osaka Gas and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, said the Department of Energy has issued it a notice to proceed to develop the terminal, known as Philippines LNG, which will provide the fuel to power plant, industrial and commercial customers and other consumers.

    Philippines LNG will be the fifth planned LNG import terminal in the Philippines, which is seeking the fuel as the Malampaya gas field in western Philippine waters is expected to run dry this decade.

    Four other terminals worth about P65 billion are at various stages of approval or financial closure.

    Philippines LNG will have an initial capacity to deliver up to three million tons per annum (mtpa) of regasified LNG, with additional capacity for liquid distribution, AG&P said in a statement.

    It will also have scalable onshore regasification capacity of 420 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) and almost 200,000 cubic meters (cbm) of storage, AG&P said.

    The statement did not disclose financial details of the project.

    The company has completed its pre-development work for the terminal which is expected to be commissioned by mid-2022.