The 34th North Lubricants Exchange Hub will handle Shell’s bulk lubricant storage and distribution for customers in Luzon and some parts of Visayas and Mindanao. The bulk facility has 16 tanks for the storage of 11 products ranging from marine oil, engine oil, industrial oil, and hydraulic oil.
Addressing concerns for current and future energy supply, building the bulk facility in good proximity to major ports and transport hubs in Luzon and near a freeway makes storage and distribution of Shell lubricant products to customers efficient and beneficial for the business.
Shell’s global leadership in the energy industry paves the way for establishment of smarter infrastructure such as this bulk facility designed to provide customers with concept lubricants and smarter products, significantly contributing to the growth of Shell business in the country.
“The interconnection of SLEX and NLEX places the facility in a strategic position making it ideal for storage solutions and customer access,” PRESAM Construction General Services Inc. President Archie Cruz explained.
Opening the bulk facility supports Shell’s aim to sustain its market competitiveness despite the closure of its Pandacan depot. LSC Logistics Manager for Asia Pacific Jack Heng and Lubricants Business Manager for TH/PH Dennis Javier spearheaded the establishment of the facility to guarantee Shell customers of stable supply of lubricant products.
Cruz, together with his team, started to work on the bulk facility’s design and construction in May 2015. Armed with commitment and technical excellence, the team was able to deliver a reliable facility and put in place an organization in less than year, which is capable of managing the loading and unloading of Shell lubricant products.
Jack Heng, overwhelmed with the completion and success of the project, proudly shared how he witnessed the transformation of a land in Guiguinto into a vast facility housing 16 tanks dedicated for storing Shell Lubricant products.
“The story behind what we see today is amazing. Thank you to the team for their can-do attitude which gave me a lot of hope and confidence that they can deliver this project excellently,” said Heng.
Javier also shared the advantages of having a bulk facility with the promising growth potential of Shell lubricant business in the coming years. “As our business is poised for growth, the 34th North Luzon Exchange Hub bulk facility answered Shell’s need for a stable supply model.”
More than the inauguration ceremony itself was the affirmation of how strong and long-lasting the partnership is between Shell Philippines and the Cruz family business. LSC General Manager Asia Pacific Cheong Kin-Seng even praised the partnership as the best he has seen in the way Shell works with its business partners.
Reiterating the importance of maintaining good partnership with business partners to successful projects, Cheong Kin-Seng ended the inauguration by reminding everyone that “together anything is possible.” ###