The Malampaya Onshore Gas Plant (MOGP) last September achieved its 19th year of Goal Zero performance which is equivalent to 8 million safe man hours.
Achieving Goal Zero entails causing no harm and no leaks across its operations. This means there have been no recordable incidents across personal safety and process safety, two of the key areas which pose the highest risks for the type of activities in the oil and gas industry.
Pioneering the natural gas industry in the Philippines, Malampaya paved the way for a sustainable and secure energy future for the country. To date, it supplies up to 20 percent of the Philippines’ electricity requirements using indigenous resources, which has since reduced the need for imported oil. Goal Zero has made these accomplishments possible.
“ Goal Zero is the heart and DNA of our operations at Shell,” said Dingdong Altarejos, Shell MOGP installation manager. “Whether we’re working with customers or on the field, we always think about how to avoid making a negative impact on communities. Though it’s unavoidable that we use up resources from the environment, there is a way to do it responsibly—and that’s what we strive for here at Malampaya.”
Goal Zero is the company’s commitment to causing no harm to people and the environment, with strict control and monitoring on gas leaks across all aspects of their operations. But beyond its operational targets and objectives, ‘Goal Zero’ is a mindset and lifestyle that is ingrained in the work culture across Shell’s workforce — from regular staff and contractors, to technical and non-technical crew.
“The greatest challenge when working in gas plants is that you will be faced with situations you can’t fully control. Malampaya has a big responsibility to keep gas flowing on a daily basis, and so there are various components, equipment, and teams that need to work perfectly together,” explained Altarejos. “With ‘Goal Zero,’ there has to be a solid system in place so that we can monitor all moving parts and coordinate our efforts.” He also cited the importance of having meticulous processes for detecting emissions and leaks, as well as documenting every incident to determine areas of improvement.