It’s official: Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC) has started work on its Darong Import Facility in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

Shell said the Darong import terminal, with a rated capacity of 67 million liters of petroleum products, would be the company’s third-largest facility in the country, following the 263 million-liter capacity Shell Import Facility Tabanagao (SHIFT) in Batangas City and the 90 million-liter capacity Northern Mindanao Import Facility in Cagayan De Oro City.

Darong is also home to the multinational oil giant’s fourth import terminal in the country, with a 54 million-liter capacity.

Shell said it wants to build 80 more gas stations in southern Mindanao by 2025, with Darong’s commercial operations set to commence in the third quarter of 2024.

Southern Mindanao is a strategic growth location for Shell. The Darong Import Facility will allow us to fulfill our commitment to support economic activities as the Philippines continues to recover from COVID-19. It strengthens our capacity to continue to deliver quality fuels to our customers, consistent with our organization growth plans,

PSPC Vice President for Corporate Relations Serge Bernal

Northern Star Energy Corporation and DMCI Construction and Equipment Resources, Inc. formed a joint venture to build the import facility. Meanwhile, under an exclusive-use agreement for a term contract with an option to extend, Sta. Cruz Storage Corporation will design, construct, and operate the facility for Shell.

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