DoE eyes second natural gas station

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 11 2010 07:41 PM | Updated as of Oct 12 2010 04:08 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Energy (DOE) may put up a second compressed natural gas (CNG) station to support the country's Natural Gas Vehicle Program for Public Transport (NGVPPT).

"We are coming up with a recommendation to put up second daughter station. This will really help promote natural gas for 200 buses. Right now, there are only less than 100 buses running on CNG," Energy assistant secretary Mario Marasigan said.

Marasigan said a DOE committee and industry stakeholders have been meeting regularly on this matter. He said once approved by the special working group, they would elevate the recommendation to Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras.

According to the DOE official, they have already identified several areas where to put the daughter station.

"There are proposals to put it along the Batangas routes. Another proposal is in Turbina, Calamba, Laguna," he said.

He said they are also coordinating with Philippine National Oil Co. for the construction of the Batangas-Manila gas pipeline.

The NGVPPT was created with the signing and implementation of Executive Order 290 in February 2004 to boost energy supply for the transport sector by using alternative fuel.