Shell refinery operations normal amid Taal eruption

NORMAL business operations continue at Pilipinas Shell’s Tabangao Refinery and across all businesses amidst the eruption of Taal Volcano in Batangas as the company remains alert and cautiously monitor the situation.

The company said in a statement on Friday, January 17, that its staff and business partners in the refinery are safe and all accounted for.

While air quality has been assessed as “good” in the area of the refinery as of writing, the staff have been issued with appropriate face masks and safety glasses as a precautionary measure.

The Taal situation is being constantly monitored and business protocols are in place to respond to any potential change in circumstances.

Pilipinas Shell said it was providing disaster response support to the affected communities in the following ways, among others:

- A total of 46 Shell retail stations surrounding the impacted municipalities have been designated as emergency response sites to the public.

These sites are open 24/7 to provide first aid, toilet facilities, hydration, free mobile charging, and windshield cleaning service. These sites also serve as drop off points for in-kind donations.

- Relief operations have been mobilized in two major evacuation centers in Batangas City through the Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. and the Malampaya Foundation Inc.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanic and Seismology (Phivolcs) remained on Alert Level 4, which warns of a possible hazardous explosive eruption. (PR)