State-owned PNOC Exploration Corp. said it will invest P8.4 billion in the Malampaya natural gas and other petroleum exploration projects this year.
The amount is slightly higher than the approved budget in 2015 of P8.039 billion.
PNOC Exploration issued a resolution on the 2016 work program and operating budget, with the bulk or P6.129 billion allocated for petroleum exploration projects.
The company also budgeted P1.365 billion for the Malampaya gas project in northwest Palawan, where the company has a 10-percent stake. The oil and gas arm of Philippine National Oil Co. derives bulk of revenues from the Malampaya gas to power project.
PNOC Exploration appropriated P184.56 million for coal exploration project and P148.28 million for other project developments.
The company also allocated P81.26 million in capital expenditures and P491.44 million for operating expenses (net of depreciation).
PNOC Exploration reported an unaudited net profit of P1.426 billion in 2015, down 41 percent from P2.43 billion precorded in 2014.
PNOC Exploration’s revenues also softened to P4.717 billion last year from P6.6 billion in 2014, representing the decline in world oil prices.
The company posted lower expenses of P587.749 million in 2015, compared to over P1.1 billion in 2014.
PNOC Exploration has been looking at ways to mitigate the impact of low oil prices on operations. Among the the company’s previous plans was to increase international oil and gas trading by appointing trading partners to supply oil and petroleum products in countries that favor a government to government transaction.
It also planned to team up with British Petroleum for the establishment of depot facilities in the country and form business tie-ups with Nigeria, China, Oman and Russia to market their products in the country.
PNOC Exploration also looked at investing in small producing wells in Indonesia that would make the company an oil producer.