Friday, April 7, 2017

Protect Recto Bank: President Duterte, sir, please also order the protection of our Recto Bank.

Protect Recto Bank: President Duterte, sir, please also order the protection of our Recto Bank.
Now that President Duterte has expressed his decision and determination to take a stand in the West Philippine Sea by ordering the military to occupy our islands there and since the AFP has clarified that all our islands there are occupied and the facilities need major upgrading, I strongly urge that the President order the beefing up of the Philippine presence in our Recto Bank/Reed Bank through increased deployment of coast guard and naval units. Recto Bank has been declared part of our Exclusive Economic Zone by the Hague tribunal and therefore we have sovereign rights there by force of international law. It is big, with an area of more than 8,800 square kilometers, around seven times the size of Manila Bay and reputed to be very rich in oil and gas.
Recto Bank/Reed Bank
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Reed Bank and the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
Reed Bank (11°20′N 116°50′ECoordinates: 11°20′N 116°50′E), also known as Reed Tablemount, Recto Bank and several other names, is a large tablemount in the South China Sea, with an area of 8,866 km²[1] and depths between 9 and 45 meters. It includes Nares Bank and Marie Louise Bank. Whether it is considered to be part of the Spratly Islands archipelago, and part of Dangerous Ground, is not well defined.
Although the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled in 2016 that the area is within the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone,[2] economic rights to the area continue to be disputed - mainly by the PRC; see Spratly Islands dispute.
The bank is in the northeast quadrant of the Philippine's Kalayaan claimed territory, which also includes most of the north and east portions of the Spratly Islands. The area is located off the west coast of Palawan, north of Iroquis reef and the Southern reefs, and east of the northern part of the Spratly Islands. The nearest occupied parts of the Spratly Islands are Philippine-occupied Flat Island, Nanshan Island and Second Thomas Shoal, and the PRC-occupied Mischief Reef.[3]
Subsequent to the PRC reclamation of Mischief Reef, a Philippine World-War-II-vintage naval landing craft, (LST 57 - Sierra Madre), was deliberately run aground on the Second Thomas Shoal in 1999 to maintain a Philippine naval outpost in the area; it is manned by about a dozen Philippine marines.
Oil, gas and SC72[edit]
Seismic surveys indicate that the Reed Bank is rich in oil and gas deposits, but they have only been partly tapped due to disputed claims from various countries.[4]
Exploration in the area began in 1970, and in 1976 gas was discovered in the Sampaguita structure following the drilling of a well. In total, three wells have been drilled to date, all located at the south west end of the Sampaguita structure. The initial 2-year concession to extract the resources, (SC72, formerly GSEC101,) was awarded to Sterling Energy PLC in June 2002. In April 2005, Forum Energy PLC (FEP) acquired the concession from Sterling and became its operator.[5] Forum Energy PLC (FEP) is a London-based listed oil and gas exploration firm focused on the Philippines; it is 64.45% owned by Philex Petroleum Corporation.[6]
In February 2010, the licence was converted to a Service Contract, and FEP performed geological and geophysical works and seismic surveys. In July 2011 the Philippines' Department of Energy (DOE) approved the commencement of a 2-year phase of the project leading to the drilling of 2 wells, and preparations commenced. However, having already granted exploration rights to the area to PRC State-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), the PRC objected to this arrangement; the requisite approvals from the DOE to commence drilling were not received, and hence the project was placed on hold.

1 comment:

  1. I hope you get to read this because your FB posts don’t have a comment section.
    Please give us the real score, Sir Roy.
    How many islands, atolls, shoals, reefs, etc. are under the EEZ of the Philippines?
    Which of these are currently under Philippine control? Which are under Chinese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Brunei, or Malaysian control?
    How many remaining islands, atolls, shoals, etc. are still up for grabs?