EPRMP for Petron Bataan Refinery’s Petro-Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Unit Project (2006)

In 2006, Petron Corporation implemented the PetroFCC Project to enable production of at least 140,000 MT per year of polymer grade propylene product by converting an existing Thermofor Catalytic Cracking Unit (TCCU) into a high propylene yield producing Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU). The project is located inside the existing refinery compound in Barangay Alangan, Limay, Bataan. Since the PetroFCC is an expansion within an already existing operation, Apercu prepared an Environmental Performance Report and Management Plan (EPRMP). The EPRMP included the documentation of the actual environmental performance of PBR based on current and past environmental management measures being implemented. The detailed comparative description of the proposed process modifications, corresponding material balances and the pollution control devices were also discussed in the report. Since the activities in oil refinery operations include handling substances classified as combustible and/or flammable, an Environmental Risk Assessment was also undertaken to assess the likelihood or probability of a hazardous accident. The PetroFCC Project ECC was secured in November 2006.

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EPRMP for Petron Bataan Refinery’s Benzene, Toluene and Xylene Project (2007)

A year after the PetroFCC Project, the Refinery Division of Petron Corporation invested in a benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) Project. The BTX Project involves both the revamp of existing process units as well as the addition of a new unit. The EPRMP scope essentially covered updating the data provided for the PetroFCC EPRMP. Since the ECC issued for the PetroFCC required the conduct of a full Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) of the existing refinery, as well as future projects, Petron commissioned a foreign entity to undertake the QRA. Preliminary results from the QRA were included in the EPRMP report prepared by Apercu. The ECC was acquired in July 2007.

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EPRMP for Balai sa Laiya and Tivona Beach Resorts (2009)

EPRMP studies were conducted for both Balai sa Laiya Beach Resort and Tivona Beach Resort. These tourism projects are located on the seaside community of Brgy. Laiya and Hugom in San Juan, Batangas. These 2 tourism projects have been operating without an ECC, hence, an EPRMP study was conducted for these resorts. The surroundings and existing environmental management measures being implemented by the resorts were characterized. Because the projects are situated in a coastal tourism area, many mitigation measures were added to diminish the effects of the development on the surrounding area. The ECCs for both the project sites were acquired in 2009.

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EPRMP for Petron Bataan Refinery’s Upgrade Projects (2010)

An Environmental Performance Report and Management Plan was prepared for the Petron Bataan Refinery Upgrade Project. The Upgrade Project will convert PBR into a full-conversion refinery, the only one in the Philippines.

The upgrade involved 3 components:

  • a. Refinery Master Plan II involving the installation of new equipment for several process units ( e.g., mercaptan oxidatin unit, vacuum distillation,coker, hydrotreater, sulfur recovery unit and the waste water treatment plant)
  • b. Additional Tank Farm; and
  • c. 140 MW Refinery Solid Fuel Fired Power Plant.

The project is located in the existing Petron Bataan Refinery in Brgy. Alangan, Limay, Bataan. The major hurdles for this project involved the clear and concise comparisons of the base case against the various upgrades, and the impact of these on waste streams and environmental management measures of the refinery. The refinery’s historical performance going back 5 years were evaluated as to their compliance to the relevant environmental standards. Environmental Risk Assessments were conducted for the additional tanks of benzene, gasoline and propylene as well as for the proposed power plant. The proposed power plant intends to use coal as its initial fuel and eventually shift to petcoke that is a byproduct of the coker unit that is being upgraded. Due to the number of ECCs that the refinery has had for its various expansion projects, these were integrated into a single ECC that was released in April 2010.

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