Department of Energy oil industry management bureau director Zenaida Monsada said that it is not easy for Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. to leave the Pandacan oil depot where 50 percent of its supply is stored.
The Supreme Court last November ordered the relocation and transfer of the oil terminals of multinational companies from Pandacan, Manila. The companies were given six months or until May to transfer their facilities.
Monsada said Shell informed them that it will seek legal remedies “ That’s what they said immediately after the decision, but they haven’t done anything yet,” said Monsada.
Monsada said that moving the depot to Batangas where Shell operates a refinery will be be a logistical nightmare for the company considering the distance from Manila and the problems of traffic and the truck ban.
Transporting oil from Batangas to Manila will take two days round trip, with the truck ban factored in. From Pandacan delivery within Metro Manila can be done within the day.
Ramon del Rosario, head of Pilipinas Shell Corporate Communications earlier said they are now studying all possible options after the Supreme Court ruling.
Del Rosario said among these options is to transfer its operations to their Batangas facility.
Shell has a 110,000-barrel per day (bpd) refinery in Tabangao, Batangas which commenced operations in 1962.