Drilling ‘won’t harm’ Alegria’s ecosystem

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Saturday, March 8, 2014


THE Department of Energy (DOE) yesterday said the drilling for energy sources in Alegria, Cebu and the test flow for natural gas in Aloguinsan will not affect the marine ecosystems and marine life because these are on-shore explorations.

Engr. Eduardo Amante, chief of the DOE Energy Development and Utilization Division, said it is just like the natural gas operation in Barangay La Libertad, Bogo City where the natural gas is taken from the land near the shore.

The natural gas in La Libertad is producing at least one megawatt, which is being supplied to the Cebu Electric Cooperative (Cebeco) 2 that serves the area from Compostela to Tuburan town passing Danao City Bogo City and San Remegio.

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In off-shore mining, Amante said, the exploration, drilling and other activities to find oil or natural gas is conducted at sea. But on-shore, drilling and exploration are done on land.

“So, this activity will not affect the environment and marine life,” Amante said.

Amante said they will appear before the Alegria Municipal Council and the mayor to brief them on the energy projects. They will also conduct a public briefing and consultation in Barangay Monteller, Alegria, Cebu where the oil drilling will be conducted.

According to DOE official, China International Mining Petroleum Co. Ltd. will conduct the drilling in Barangay Monteller, Alegria to see if there are deposits of oil or natural gas.

“We are not yet sure if the deposit is oil or gas. The Chinese company will find out once the drilling is conducted,” Amante said.

On the other hand, Amante said Gas2Grid will conduct a test flow in Barangay Malolos 1, Aloguinsan to see if the oil deposits it discovered there is of commercial quantity.

If it is, Amante said, this can be supplied to the Cebu-Negros-Panay (CNP) Grid and mixed with the existing power supply from other energy sources.

China International Mining officials paid a courtesy call on Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III last Thursday and informed him about the planned drilling in Alegria.

Officials of Gas@Grid of Australia also met with Davide and told him about their plan to conduct the flow test.

If the two companies will succeed in producing renewable energy, this will discourage the government from granting permits to construct more coal-fired power plants which environmentalists condemned as highly-pollutants. (EOB)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 08, 2014.

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