Project Location: Agusan del Sur – Surigao del Sur
Nature of Project: Coal Exploration
JV Partners and Percent Equity : None
Project Objective: To explore and develop the Coal Operating Contract as part of PNOC EC’s commitment to harness indigenous sources of energy.
Project Description: The coal exploration site is located in the municipality of Trento in Agusan del Sur, and at the municipality of Lingig in Surigao del Sur. The COC covers an area of 3,000 hectares spread over three (3) coal blocks. Two (2) blocks are former blocks of PNOC Coal Corporation which were relinquished in the mid-1980’s. No exploration holes have been drilled in the area, though exploration and production in the block north of the area merits that the coal potential of the area be investigated further.
Brief Background : PNOC EC was awarded COC 184 through PECR4 for coal on 15 February 2013.
In 2014, the NCIP Surigao del Sur submitted the Field-Based Investigation (FBI) report for COC 184 which states that the COC overlaps with a CADT application area; thus requiring PNOC EC to undergo the Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) process. During the same year, PNOC EC together with the security consultant conducted initial field data gathering on the peace and order situation in COC 184 from the Eastern Mindanao Command in Davao City and from the municipality of Trento, Agusan del Sur.
In 2015, PNOC EC continued coordination with the DOE on its request for relinquishment of the COC in view of the fragile peace and order condition in the area.
As of end Dec 2016