by Pat Erni, PED
Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation inaugurated the Northern Mindanao Import Facility (NMIF) in Cagayan de Oro City on July 19, 2016. NMIF is Shell’s biggest fuel import facility in the Philippines with a 90-million liter capacity and will serve Mindanao’s 62 thousand barrels per calendar day (MBCD) demand and the Visayas’ 49 MBCD oil demand. The facility is part of Shell’s commitment to energy security and supply reliability, specifically in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao.
JGC Philippines (JPHIL) executed the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) of the facility. This is the largest EPCM undertaken by JPHIL. The main feature of the project is the seven tanks composed of four ADO (Diesel) tanks and three MOGAS (Gasoline) tanks. The primary challenge was how to construct seven large tanks within a limited space while taking into consideration the mandatory safety distances.
The project achieved 5 million man hours without lost time accident (LTA). Regular visits of corporate managers, safety audits and the implementation of a strong Safety program were vital to project team’s adherence and commitment to Shell’s Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) principles.
The NMIF project is testament to Shell’s strong partnership with the Filipino people on nation building. Over a century of successful operations in the country fortifies Shell’s leadership in the energy industry, actively promoting sustainable mobility by providing motorists with smarter products and smarter infrastructure while developing new energy sources to help address the energy challenge.
Marking its completion, NMIF successfully received its first MR vessel on June 10, 2016 unloading approximately 25 million liters of automotive diesel oil that filled two of four diesel storage tanks of the facility.