China firm to start oil drilling in Alegria

A Chinese firm, China Internal Mining Petroleum Company Ltd. will start its oil exploration project in Barangay Montpeller, Alegria, south of Cebu in the next few months.

Department of Energy (DOE) 7 Director Antonio Labios said the area has potential oil deposits. This was based on the previous oil drilling activities in the same area but were not able to reach the deeper ground, which a large number of oil deposits may be found.

“They hope that with the modern technology they could go as deep as more than 1,000 to 2,000 meters deep,” he told the media in an interview on Monday, March 3.

Vladimir Gerchikov, the company’s country manager said, they have already acquired a service contract from the DOE. The company is already in the process of entering a lease contract for the oil field in Alegria.

Gerchikovand company briefed Governor Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Governor Agnes Magpale on Monday, March 3 about the project in a meeting arranged by Dir. Labios.

The officials of the municipality of Alegria, lead by Mayor Verna Magallon, were also present during the meeting at the Capitol.

Gerchikov said they are asking the governor’s and the community’s support on the “major project,” which would highly benefit the province.

Governor Davide supported and wished luck for the company in its oil drilling activity. The governor said his main concern is only the safety of the environment and of the local folks.

“Angimportantegyudparanako as governor, nga no adverse effect kinisaatong environment and the people in the municipalities where they are drilling are protected gyud,” the governor said.