Marcial Ocampo and his Major Achievements in Life and Career Advancement

June 21st, 2017 Posted in energy expert

Marcial Ocampo and his Major Achievements in Life and Career Advancement

Marcial obtained his elementary education and graduated as the Grade 6 Valedictorian and continued his high school education at San Sebastian College in Manila and finished Year 4 Salutatorian.

Marcial studied at the University of the Philippines in Diliman Quezon City, Philippines and finished his B.S. and M.S. Chemical Engineering degrees and worked part-time as personal driver of a college professor and College of Engineering Instructor. He also took the Chemical Engineering Licensure Exam in August 1973 and passed as 2nd Placer with an 87.75% rating. He became a British Council scholar at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, where he finished his M.S. Combustion & Energy and thesis in just one year.

Marcial joined the Department of Energy as a PNOC-PETRON-hire seconded as Section Chief of the Transport, Buildings & Machinery Section under the Conservation Division of DOE and conducted various energy audits of major industries throughout the country. Later on, when the DOE was abolished and replaced by the Ministry of Energy (MOE), Marcial transferred to the Petron Bataan Refinery (PBR) as Computer Systems Group head and Linear Programming (LP) model custodian. He retired from PETRON and then went on to work for PETRONAS Energy Philippines Inc. (PEPI) as EDP & Budget Manager and Executive Director of 50+ staff PCIERD-DOST upon the invitation of the DOST Secretary.

Marcial went into business providing computer hardware and General Ledger (GL) Accounting System that provided real-time transactions, month-to-date and year-to-date Income & Expense Statement, Balance Sheet Statement and Trial Balances which automated the preparation of Financial Reports for submission to SEC and BIR, as well as shareholders of any company. The GL was utilized in a number of lending investor companies that benefited from having a real-time accounting system.

Marcial later joined First Gen Corporation as Senior Technical Services Manager where he was introduced to power plant modeling and simulation, and later, into project finance modeling that determines the economic feasibility of power plant projects and alternatives, and to value the privatization price of an asset of NPC for bidding to interested buyers.

Armed with his accumulated expertise and knowledge of world energy resources, reserves, extraction rate, years to deplete, power generation technologies and its description, theory, history, capital and operating costs, availability and reliability, construction period, economic life, efficiency or plant heat rate, cost of fuel and its heating value, environmental impacts, benefits and risks, and commerciality, Marcial then prepared a compendium of all power generation technologies (renewable, conventional, fossil, nuclear, energy storage) in power point presentation format and developed a template project finance model to calculate the first year tariff (or feed-in-tariff in the case of renewable energy), equity and project returns (IRR, NPV, PAYBACK), debt service cover ratio (DSCR), benefit-to-cost ratio (B/C), and other financial ratios to assess financial risks of the project during the planning stage of the project cycle. In addition to this deterministic (fixed) template, he prepared a version with stochastic (probabilistic) analysis using Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS).

The MCS model varied by +/- 10% the independent inputs in a random manner such as electricity tariff, availability factor, fuel heating value, debt ratio, plant capacity, all-in (overnight) capital cost, variable O&M cost, fixed O&M cost, cost of fuel, efficiency or plant heat rate and exchange rate. The MCS dependent output consists of a probabilistic distribution curve of equity and project returns (IRR, NPV, PAYBACK), net profit after tax, pre-tax WACC and electricity tariff (or feed-in-tariff for renewable energy). The shape of the distribution curve and relative position of the average value of the dependent variable is indicative of project risk.

He also prepared a manual on “How to Design a Mini-hydro Power Plant” and developed a model to “Optimize Penstock Diameter given its Thickness, Strength, Diameter, Capital and Operating Costs, Cost of Electricity and Friction Loses”.

Marcial is civic mined and patriotic, and helped the government thru the DOE in the “Crude Oil Price Hike to USD100 per barrel Impact Study in 2008” and the “Oil Price Review Study of 2012” where he developed the Oil Pump Price Calculation Excel Model to predict changes to pump price or absolute pump price given changes in FOB or MOPS import cost, ocean freight and insurance costs, exchange rate, gov’t excise taxes and port charges, brokerage and arrastre charges, VAT on importation activities, oil company margin, pumping and transshipment costs, hauling costs, dealer margin, and VAT on local activities. The pump price model can be downloaded from the DOE Website.

He assisted a foreign consultant prepare a historical analysis of the short-run marginal cost (SRMC = variable O&M cost + fuel cost) and long-run marginal cost (LRMC = annualized capital cost + fixed O&M cost + regulatory cost + SRMC) for all power plants in the country in order to assist a client prepare his competitive bid offers in the Wholesale Electric Spot Market (WESM) as well as prepare their capacity expansion plans.

Marcial also assisted the Philippine Congressional Committee on Dam Safety in improving the Dam Water Release Protocol by providing Dam Water Release Simulation Model to predict dam height (meters) and volumetric release rate (cubic meters per second) every hour of the simulation given the initial dam height and volume, power generation and water discharge, dam strapping table (volume vs. height), rainfall data (mm per hour) and area of the dam watershed and upstream drainage area with rainfall data or equivalent upstream dam release rate. This model answered the question: “How many hours and rate of pre-emptive discharge is necessary to increase a dam’s storage capacity in order to have sufficient space to absorb an incoming storm and thus avoid a catastrophic dam spill that will inundate downstream low land areas”.  The model accurately predicted the volumetric release rate at the height of the storm when the dam spilling level was breached. It also recommended how many days and rate of pre-emptive discharge is needed to avoid the dam spill during the height of Typhoon “Ondoy” and “Peping” that inundated the provinces of Pangasinan and Tarlac resulting in PhP 40 billion of damage and lost properties and lives.

He also assisted the economic team that studied the proposed excise tax increase in gasoline, diesel, kerosene, LPG, fuel oil, lubes & greases, and other petroleum products such as waxes & petrolatums to predict the price disturbance to be inputted into the input-output matrix of the Philippine economy to predict impact on GDP, inflation and employment.

Marcial continued to develop his overall skills in energy & power and became an International Consultant at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and travelled to Jakarta, Beijing, Shanghai, New Delhi and Chennai conduction mid-term and full-term project evaluation of wind diesel hybrid, 3rd generation fuel cell bus, biomass energy and India tea manufacturing.

Later, Marcial applied his energy & power expertise to join Sinclair Knight Mertz (SKM) as Senior Power Generation Engineer as part of the On-shore LNG Refrigerated Terminal and Re-gassing Facility project team at Limay, Bataan, a proposed project of Atlantic Gulf & Pacific Company (AG&P).

Marcial then joined the SMC GLOBAL POWER HOLDINGS CORPORATION as Energy & Power Consultant and finished a number of feasibility studies for an industrial park, coal-fired power plant using clean coal technology (CFB) and a coal mine project where he converted the coal-mine production plan into a project finance model to determine the cost of delivered coal to another SMC power plant in Mindanao. He provided in-house financial modeling expertise on solar PV, wind, mini-hydro, large hydro, natural gas-fired CCGT and coal-fired clean coal technology (CFB).

Marcial is now available for new endeavors this coming August 1, 2017.


Contact Details:

Marcial T. Ocampo

+63-9156067949 (GLOBE mobile)

+63-2-9313713 (PLDT home landline) (email) (email)


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