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Downstream Natural Gas

The birth of the Philippine natural gas industry brings the country closer to its goal of harnessing environment friendly fuels to ensure a stable, diverse and secure energy supply. However, the growth of this industry is anchored on the development of additional gas-generated capacity, other non-power applications and the necessary infrastructure that is to bring the natural gas to its potential markets. The infrastructure includes the appropriate pipeline transmission and distribution networks, LNG terminals and facilities, gas refilling stations for CNG-run vehicles and ancillary facilities.

In the absence of the law for the natural gas sector, the stage for the industry’s development has been set with the preparation of a gas policy framework, industry rules and regulations. A clear and concise policies, objectives, programs and strategies formulated by the DOE, together with the critical cooperation and participation of the private sector, development  of a natural gas industry is ensured.

While there is still much to be done, the DOE will be at the forefront of efforts to rally the participants in this new industry to success.


Regulatory Regime

The DOE through the Natural Gas Management Division (NGMD) should ensure that its permitting authority will not prove to be a barrier to the natural gas industry players who wish to set up natural gas facilities and infrastructure in the country.

Pursuant to Department Circular Nos. 2002-08-005 and 2002-07-004 the following are the checklist of requirements for permitting applications of the gas infrastructure projects, and supply of natural gas:



Submission of Application Permit Requirements to the Director of the Oil Industry Management Bureau (OIMB):

  1. Letter of Intent
  2. Project Proposal
  3. Business Plan
  4. Other documents required as listed below
  • Evaluation for completeness and compliance of requirements

  • Payment of Filing Fee (Fee to be determined)

  • Order for Notice of Hearing and Publication

  • Publication of DOE Order

  • Conduct of Public Hearing

  • Site Visit

  • Evaluation of Application for Technical, Financial, Legal, Completeness of Requirement

  • Submission of Pertinent Documents (arising from technical, financial, legal requirements)

  • Finalization of Permit to Supply Natural Gas

  • Endorsement for Approval of Permit

  • Approval of Permit

  • Releasing of Permit