Shell: Out of VIP!
Shell Energy Philippines Inc. is seeking to build an LNG Import Terminal Facility in Brgy. Libjo, Malitam, and Tabangao-Ambulong in Batangas City.
In August 2022, we manifested our opposition to the public scoping of the Shell LNG import terminal project. We have also sent a letter to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) requesting the cancellation of the public scoping due to lack of information and education campaign (IEC), lack of public posting and invitation to the public scoping.
The Shell LNG import terminal facility includes onshore facilities and offshore facilities that will affect nearby fisherfolk community in Brgy. Tabangao Ambulong, Libjo, Malitam, and coastal areas of Brgy. Tabangao Aplaya, San Isidro, Wawa.
Shell LNG import terminal project: Fact sheet
Shell Energy Philippines, Inc. plans to build a Php 3.5B (USD 6M) liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal that will supply natural gas for power use with the impending depletion of the Malampaya gas field.
Originally, Shell proposed an LNG import terminal project in 2013 which was granted an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) by the DENR. However, due to development costs and market conditions, the project did not proceed to construction and was put on hold.
Shell requested the Department of Energy a 20-month extension of the notice to proceed on its planned FSRU terminal. Shell said that they are still in process of getting permits and financial closing before proceeding to the application of permit to construct, expand, rehabilitate, and modify
The Shell LNG terminal project comprises a floating storage and regasification unit with a capacity of 3.8m tonnes per year, conversion of the jetty, subsea and onshore gas pipelines and a pressure reduction metering station.
Read: Over 90 signatories have already signified their opposition to the Shell LNG import terminal project.
Local communities, fisherfolk, and the youth urge Shell to terminate your LNG import terminal.
We want Shell to keep its hands off the Verde Island Passage.
We want Shell OUT! Protect VIP!
On November 8, we took action to keep Shell's LNG out of VIP.
As the first week of COP 27 opens, the Philippines commemorates the 9th anniversary of Haiyan - one of the deadliest super typhoons in recent history. Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, emboldened a thriving national movement to end the proliferation of coal. Now, the coal industry suffers a terrible reputation and billions of losses in canceled and derailed projects.
Nearly a decade and hundreds of severe storms - many as devastating as Haiyan - later, Filipinos are once again confronted with a massive pipeline of more fossil fuels. This time, with fossil gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) taking the lead. Among those driving us to an even more catastrophic climate future is Shell, one of the Carbon Majors linked to 71% of industrial greenhouse gas emissions since 1988.
As if it has not done more than enough damage on a global scale, Shell is building an LNG Import Terminal Project in Batangas, Philippines, which would open up the country’s greater dependence on more fossil fuels for its power needs. Worse, it is set to be located along the ecological hotspot known as the Verde Island Passage Marine Corridor (VIP), whose rich marine life provides livelihood and sustenance to millions of Filipinos. In promoting LNG, Shell is also another roadblock to the path of a swift and just transition to a future powered by clean energy from renewables - of which we have an abundant and largely untapped potential.
On November 8, activists and communities in 📌Batangas and Manila, Philippines 📌London, UK, and 📌Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt are called out Shell for fueling the climate crisis and wreaking destruction to VIP. We would be delivering a letter - the first of a series of Letters from the Paradise that is VIP - protesting the LNG terminal project at Shell’s London and Philippine headquarters and making a stand at COP 27.
Please help amplify this kick-off of the campaign to get #ShellOutOfVIP by supporting the actions, joining the Twitter Storm, and using resources available (or will further be made available) in the toolkit for supporters!
Fact: Petitioned by climate-vulnerable and fossil fuel-impacted groups, the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights (CHR) launched a first-of-its-kind climate investigation in 2015, which revealed that there are legal grounds to hold fossil fuel companies like Shell accountable for bringing about climate disasters.
Fact: Located at the heart of the Coral Triangle, the Verde Island Passage is known as the ‘center of the center’ of marine shore fish biodiversity in the world. As it houses about 60% of all known shore fish species in the world over a 10km area, it is the most biodiverse marine habitat in the planet and akin to no less than an Amazon of the oceans.
Fact: Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, resulting in a reported 6,000 deaths - an estimate which locals and concerned groups consider a conservative figure considering thousands of victims remain 'missing' to this day. Haiyan served as a grim backdrop during the Warsaw COP in 2013, in which the Philippines and other vulnerable nations fought for the need to tackle loss and damage - giving birth to the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage.
Fact: Just over a week before the start of COP 27, another super typhoon hit the Philippines. Over a hundred deaths have been confirmed with the onslaught of Typhoon Nalgae, which also displaced hundreds of thousands across every major island region. Latest studies also mark the Philippines as the most disaster-risk country in the world, with sea levels already rising three times higher than the world average.