The shutdown of the Malampaya natural gas facility will be moved two days later from its original schedule, as the country anticipates heavy weather disturbance.
In a statement, the Department of Energy (DOE) said that it was informed by the Malampaya Consortium of the adjustment in the maintenance schedule of the Malampaya Platform for two days later from its original schedule, because of the weather disturbance that will be caused by Typhoon Yolanda.
Based on the information relayed by the Malampaya Consortium, they took into consideration the safety of the people who will be working offshore as the said typhoon approaches.
The new schedule of the Malampaya scheduled maintenance will now be from November 11 to December 10, 2013. It was originally set for November 9 to December 8.
“During the period of the Malampaya Platform maintenance, the DOE will continue to coordinate with the Malampaya Consortium, power generation companies, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines and the Manila Electric Co. to ensure adequate and reliable supply of power. The DOE also notes the importance of maintaining the dependability of the platform in producing natural gas,” the energy department said.
The DOE also reiterated that all power consumers should practice energy efficiency measures to help mitigate the impact of the Malampaya shutdown on the power supply and electricity prices in Luzon.
The Malampaya shutdown is set to trigger a price hike of P1 to P2 a kilowatt-hour in the consumers’ power bill for December.