By Pilipinas Shell on May 21, 2020
In 2019, Pilipinas Shell embarked ona partnership to create a facility within Tabangao Refinery that will supply the additional hydrogen requirements needed by the Company to optimize its production of quality gasoline and diesel. This new hydrogen facility will be the first of its kind in the Philippines and is expected to improve the competitiveness of the Refinery.
Under the partnership, Air Liquide Philippines, Inc. will supply the hydrogen and operate the hydrogen manufacturing facility for Pilipinas Shell. “We are capitalizing on the strength and expertise of Pilipinas Shell’s 105 years of experience in the oil industry, and Air Liquide’s 117 years in the industrial gas space,” says Paolo Barredo, Business Opportunity and Business Development manager at Pilipinas Shell. “This partnership will develop the capability to produce hydrogen, which enables Pilipinas Shell to process more crude oil varieties into more quality fuels.”
In addition, a dedicated carbon recovery facility will also be set up to convert the by-product of carbon dioxide for industrial purposes. Through the new technology, Pilipinas Shell will be able to capture and liquify resultant carbon dioxide for use as fuel onsite, or for selling to manufacturers of dry ice or carbonated drinks.
Pilipinas Shell and Air Liquide conducted a groundbreaking event on August 2019 at the proposed site in Tabangao Refinery; the hydrogen manufacturing facility is expected to be operational by end of 2020.
Gantry Optimization and Utilization Plan
In 2019, the implementation of a truck ban resulted in limiting the movements of cargo vehicles in and out of Metro Manila. To ensure timely deliveries, Pilipinas Shell implemented a Loading Window Scheme at the Tabangao Gantry. This scheme enabled employees to utilize the loading gantry idle times that occurred due to the truck ban
Improved loading capacity meant faster turnaround time gate-to-gate. Trips per day were maximized, which translated to cost avoidance for the Company’s road transport contracts. Lorry drivers and haulers were able to optimize the time given to them to ply their routes, delivering the right products, at the right time and place, in the right quantity and quality
The Loading Window Scheme under the Go Up, Go Live program of Pilipinas Shell has resulted in the following efficiency gains: