Shell bitumen facility starts production for local, export markets

Published February 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Myrna M. Velasco

The bitumen facility of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation already started production, which are both intended for domestic use as well as offshore markets.


So far, the company is the first and only bitumen producer in the Philippines – with it placed strategically into supporting the various infrastructure build-up being pushed by the government.

In a statement to the media, the local subsidiary of the Anglo-Dutch energy giant noted that it has a capacity “to supply both local and overseas markets.”

During the bitumen facility’s ceremonial launch in December, major road contractors were in attendance – them being key target markets of the asset’s bitumen production.

As asserted by Shell bitumen regional manager for Asia Thanes Rajatapiti, the facility “adds to Shell’s strong regional network and will boost our supply reliability as we anticipate growth in demand for high-quality bitumen not only in the Philippines but across the region.”

Shell vouches of its global lead in bitumen technology, coupling that “with locally available technical assistance to support special project requirements with strong focus on safety and professional account management.”

Via its Philippine facility, Shell gains manufacturing capability for quality and consistent bitumen supply that could then “minimize the chances of re-work on projects due to off-spec products.”

It thus qualified that “this translates to improved project output that fit the demands of end-users and supports the integrity and reliability of the contractors in getting the job done.”

At the same time, Shell guaranteed that “improved supply reliability can be expected due to the local production as it helps reduce possibilities of stock-outs during high demand,” which essentially could minimize “the likelihood of delays” in critical projects.