Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) recently launched the Terengganu Gas Terminal (TGAST) in Kertih to support gas production from the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Area and the North Malay Basin offshore Terengganu.
TGAST with the capacity to process up to 700 standard cu ft per day (mmscfd), is the first gas facility to employ Petronas-owned carbon dioxide (CO2) removal technology.
The technology would allow the state-owned energy company to address the challenges in developing large offshore gas fields with high CO2 content.
Petronas president and Group CEO Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said the TGAST project would help to ensure the security and sustainability of supply to its customers in Peninsular Malaysia, as well as to Petronas’ own facilities in the region, particularly its integrated petrochemical complexes in the East Coast.
He said the project also demonstrated the firm’s continuous commitment towards adding value to the oil and gas resources found offshore of Peninsular Malaysia and the company’s cleaner energy commitment in support of country’s environmental agenda to reduce its carbon footprint by 2030.
Wan Zulkiflee launched the facility last Tuesday as part of his visit to Petronas’ operations in the East Coast region.
He said the launch of TGAST was also a proud moment and achievement for Petronas in terms of technological advancement.
He said the facility utilised the PN-1 Membrane System for CO removal developed by the oil company together with a partner.
“The project involved more than 80% participation of local contractors,” he said in a statement yesterday.
The project was successfully completed four months ahead of schedule. At the launch, TGAST also celebrated 10 million safe man hours without lost-time incident, and 1,300 incident-free days from the project start date in 2013.
Besides the gas terminal, the project included compressor units, storage tanks and related infrastructure and the installation of temperature control machinery and safety systems. — TMR