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Shell Positions Supply Mother Ship Off the Pasig River to Address Oil Supply Concerns
As part its business contingency measures, PSPC has arranged for non-traditional alternative supply arrangements. These include the difficult challenges of positioning a mother supply ship off the Pasig River for optimal barging of petroleum products to the Pandacan Depot. Also, long distance supply sourcing by lorries from its Tabangao refinery and Poro depots are being made, for direct deliveries to its customers in Metro Manila .
The government agencies, both local and national, have given PSPC valuable support in ensuring that back-up arrangements are in place to help cushion the impact of the pipeline shutdown on the public. The City of Makati and DOE have looked at giving support to secure alternative supply arrangements. The MMDA similarly acted promptly in giving a special permit to allow petroleum lorries to traverse the major thoroughfares from 10 am till 6 am, for a period of one week and subject to further review. The Batangas local government has also exempted Shell contracted lorries from the truck ban within Batangas. Shell is also in discussions with DPWH/DOTC for road transport matters.
“We continue to work closely with First Philippine Industrial Corporation, pipeline owner and operator, to monitor the developments in order to fully assess the impact of the issue on our operations and the publics that we serve. We remain hopeful that the issue will be resolved soon. “ said Bobby Kanapi, PSPC VP for Communications.