Former gas platforms near Recto Bank eyed as observation posts – PH Navy

Robie de Guzman   •   September 28, 2020   •   667

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Navy is looking to convert Nido and Matinloc, two former gas platforms located near Recto Bank, into floating monitoring stations due to their strategic locations.

PH Navy Flag Officer In Command Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo bared the plan when he visited the gas platforms in Malampaya, northwest of Palawan on Sept. 26.

“This inspection intends to look at the viability of these retired gas platforms to be converted to observation posts for Recto Bank and Malampaya gas platform,” Bacordo said in a statement.

“This will further enhance our capability to protect our maritime interests in these strategic locations,” he added.

The platforms location is deemed to be “strategic” and “vital” due to its proximity to Recto Bank, Malampaya and Galoc Gas Fields.

The Malampaya Gas Field is located 820 meters deep, 80 kilometers off the coast of Palawan which falls under the area of responsibility of Naval Forces West.

The Department of Energy (DOE) last year ceased the operations of these two gas fields after over 40 years of production.

The PH Navy said the transfer of ownership of these platforms was offered by the DOE in several meetings of the military’s National Task Force in the West Philippine Sea.

“It is the DND’s position to acquire said platforms and expeditiously transfer it to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),” it said.

The navy said the future littoral monitoring station is a welcome addition to its “improving capabilities” to better serve our maritime nation especially in its critical location near the nation’s source of natural gas.

Phl Navy, Air Force air assets being used in distribution of relief to typhoon-hit areas

Maris Federez   •   December 24, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has deployed several air assets in the distribution of relief goods to areas heavily battered by Typhoon Odette.

The Philippine Navy has transported relief goods to Dinagat Island where they also conducted a feeding program and set up charging stations for affected residents in the island.

The Philippine Air Force used its C-130 plane in transporting mobile treatment plants from the Manila Water Company to Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu. This will help clean and filter raw water to make it potable for residents in the area.

Other military aircraft are continuously being used by the government in conducting relief and humanitarian efforts in different areas in Cebu and Palawan that were severely ravaged by the typhoon.

The Air Force Tactical Operations Group 8 in Tacloban is also working non-stop in reaching and distributing help to residents in Southern Leyte that were heavily affected by Typhoon Odette.

The military vows to continue being of help in the government’s relief transport mission, as directed by President Rodrigo Duterte. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent JP Nuñez)

 

November power rates to go up due to Malampaya maintenance shutdown – Meralco

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Customers of Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) will have to shell out more money to pay their electricity bills this month, as the power distributor announced a new round of rate hikes.

In an advisory, Meralco said the overall rate for a typical household went up by P0.3256 per kWh to P9.4630 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), from last month’s P9.1374.

This translates to an increase of around P65 in the total bill of a residential customer consuming 200 kWh; around P97 for those consuming 300 kWh, and P162 for those with 500 kWh monthly consumption.

Meralco attributed this to higher generation charge, which was triggered by higher costs due to the Malampaya shutdown.

“The November generation charge went up by P0.2911 per kWh to P5.3346 per kWh from P5.0435 per kWh the previous month as a result of the Malampaya natural gas facility shutdown,” the power distributor said.

“The shutdown resulted in higher costs of power from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) and Independent Power Producers (IPPs),” it added.

The Malampaya facility maintenance shutdown from October 2 to 25 resulted in lesser available supply in the WESM, according to Meralco.

The company added that the tight supply condition in the Luzon Grid led to sustained high prices in the WESM and triggered the secondary price cap on September 30, October 1, October 21 and 22, or 8.39 percent of the October supply month.

The Luzon grid was also put on Yellow Alert on October 20 due to forced outages of several power plants.

“As a result, WESM charges went up by P1.7073 per kWh. Charges from IPPs also increased by P0.8186 per kWh,” Meralco said.

To ensure continuous power supply and to avoid rotating power interruptions, First Gas-Sta. Rita and San Lorenzo plants shifted to more expensive alternative fuel during the 24-day Malampaya shutdown.

Charges from Power Supply Agreements (PSAs), on the other hand, went down by P0.2841 per kWh mainly due to higher excess energy deliveries, which are priced at a discount, from AC Energy, First Gen Hydro Power, San Miguel Energy and South Premiere Power.

The new PSA of Meralco with the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) also contributed to the decrease in the PSA rate.

For October supply, WESM, IPPs and PSAs accounted for 13.9, 37.4, and 48.7 percent, respectively, of Meralco’s energy requirement.

“This month’s generation charge increase would have been significantly higher, but Meralco took the initiative to cushion the impact in the bills of its customers,” Meralco said.

“The distribution utility coordinated with some of its suppliers to defer collection of portions of their generation costs. These deferred charges will subsequently be billed on a staggered basis over the next four months as directed by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC),” it added.

Meralco said its continued implementation of the Distribution Rate True-Up refund which began in March 2021 also helped temper the overall increase.

The refund rate for residential customers is at P0.2761 per kWh and appears in customer bills as a line item called “Dist True-Up.”

It can be recalled that the ERC provisionally approved Meralco’s proposal to refund around P13.9 billion over a period of 24 months or until the amount is fully refunded.

This amount represented the difference between the Actual Weighted Average Tariff and the ERC-approved Interim Average Rate for distribution-related charges for the period July 2015 to November 2020.

Transmission charge for residential customers decreased by P0.0403 per kWh due to lower Ancillary Service and Power Delivery Service charges.

Taxes, system loss and other charges, registered an increase of P0.0748 per kWh.

The collection of the Universal Charge-Environmental Charge amounting to P0.0025 per kWh remains suspended, as directed by the ERC.

Meralco reiterated that it does not earn from the pass-through charges from generation and transmission, as payments go to the power suppliers and the system operator, respectively, while taxes, universal charges, and Feed-in Tariff Allowance (FIT-All) are remitted to the government.

Distribution, supply, and metering charges which are the only costs that go to Meralco have remained unchanged for 76 months, after registering a reduction back in July 2015, the power distributor said.

Rear Admiral Adeluis Bordado named new PH Navy chief

Robie de Guzman   •   June 8, 2021

Rear Admiral Adeluis Bordado PN; 39th Flag Officer in-Command, Philippine Navy | Photo credit: NPAO

 

MANILA, Philippines — Rear Admiral Adeluis Bordado has been designated as the next chief of the Philippine Navy, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Tuesday.

In a statement, AFP chief of staff General Cirilito Sobejana welcomed Bordado’s appointment as the 39th Flag Officer in-Command of the Philippine Navy.

“His designation came at the time that the Philippine Navy is vigorously pursuing its modernization program that includes acquisition programs for surface and sub-surface assets,” AFP chief said.

He said Bordado’s wealth of experience, well-rounded education and training locally and abroad and personal attributes “make him an excellent choice to lead the Philippine Navy at this time that the AFP faces various internal and external security challenges.”

“Bordado is an accomplished naval officer who rose to the hierarchy of the 123 years old Philippine Navy passing through the different command, leadership, management, and staff positions —not only in the Philippine Navy but in the AFP as well,” Sobejana said.

“He particularly distinguished himself in the fields of operations, intelligence, information technology, budget, planning, and education and training,” he added.

Bordado will replace outgoing navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo.

The change of command ceremony will be held on Tuesday afternoon at the Philippine Navy Headquarters.

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