Second platform starts operations on Malampaya offshore the Philippines

Offshore staff

MAKATI CITY, the Philippines – Shell Philippines Exploration and its partners have started gas production from the new Depletion Compression Platform (DCP) serving the Malampaya field.

The new platform – the first designed and built in the Philippines – is adjacent to the existing Malampaya Shallow Water Platform, 50 km (31 mi) offshore Palawan.

Shell says the new facility, and the two new production wells completed in 2013, will maintain the level of gas production needed to fulfill commitments under existing gas sales agreements.

More than 1,400 Filipino personnel took around two years to construct the DCP at the Keppel Shipyard in Subic, Zambales.

The facility’s self-installing allowed it to be installed without the need for large specialized installation vessels.

It was built to float and towed from Subic to the Malampaya offshore location. The inbuilt jacking system was used to jack down the 80-m (262-ft) legs and lift the platform from the water into its final position.

Both Malampaya platforms are designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes.

Shell’s partners in the project are Chevron and Philippines National Oil Co.- Exploration Corp.


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