LPG... a bigger picture untold

The Philippines has among the largest and fastest growing markets for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in the Asia-Pacific region. The Philippines Government Energy Plan 1999-2008 shows that LPG use in the country has been rising steadily at approximately 37% per year for the past 12 years. The Philippines currently consumes close to one million metric tons of LPG per year on average; in 2003 LPG consumption in the country hit a record-high of 1.150 million metric tons. As LPG consumption expands, implementing regulations and standards to facilitate safety and security becomes more important. Today, however, the Philippines cannot claim an existing law or regulatory framework to safely operate the country’s LPG industry. Apart from random inspections conducted by Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Bureau of Products Standards (BPS), there are no legal mechanisms to curb the rampant sale and distribution of defective and substandard tanks......

Research and Analysis on the Hazard of LPG Tank Area
ZHANG Yu-ruo WANG Jing-yu(School of Chemical Industry and Environment,North University of China Taiyuan 030051) At present,the research objects of most hazard assessment are single hazard resource and process.But in daily industrial production,secondary and even several times of accidents Can be happened,resulted from the release of energy of the initial accident.With the change of large-size of industrial production and the increase of storage amount,the possibility of the happening of the domino accidents is also increasing.LPG tank area is just this kind area in which the accidents can be easily happened.The possibility of domino accidents happening because of the related hazard sources is evaluated by using the related models when fire happens in LPG tank area and especially analysis is conducted on safety distance.


SHELL Sells LPG Business to Filipino Japanese Consortium

..Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell's Philippine unit said on Wednesday it would sell its local liquefied petroleum gas business to a Japanese-Filipino consortium for an undisclosed price.

"The sale of Shell's share in the Philippines LPG business is consistent with Shell's strategy to concentrate its global downstream footprint into fewer, larger markets," it said in a statement.

Shell Gas Philippines is to be sold to a consortium called Isla Petroleum and Gas Corp., it said, adding that Shell's other downstream businesses would not be affected by the deal.

Shell spokesmen declined to comment on reports that valued the transaction at $131 million nor identify Isla's Japanese partner, which the reports named as Itochu Petroleum Co.

The date of the sale was also not disclosed.

Shell Gas is a leading player in the importation and distribution of LPG in the Philippines, where it is widely used for cooking.

Isla Petroleum representatives in the Philippines could not be reached for comment.

Based on the above readings... when one must reflect deeply, the following questions comes to mind:
If Shell is doing a good business... then why is it selling its LPG business here?
If there is a clear and present danger of a domino effect, then why is it not openly a discussed issue?
Does SHELL see way far ahead than the rest with regards to the future of LPG?
It is a known fact that SHELL invests in alternative energy like the Hydrogen Hiway in Norway, Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology with its test bed; the Shell Formula Zero events... aside from its Social Responsibility Mission statement to name a few... then how come is it promoting LPG in the first place?... and why the sudden selling while it is at its peak?
Some theories... It probably sees a downfall of the LPG business very soon. And selling it while it's at its peak can make the price handsome... as it is easier to sell to the the trend followers.
This Dutch Company is considered to be about 50 years advance compared with the rest of the world (generally speaking) when it comes to business and technologies. Selling it to a Filipino - Japanese Consortium is a very wise move... but I would not call it very socially responsible. 
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