Petronas’ 2nd LNG vessel sails for Malaysia from South Korea

With its ability to reach remote deep-water gas reserves, the PFLNG Dua essentially opens up a new source of supply for cleaner energy


PETROLIAM Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) second floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel (PFLNG Dua) has set sail to Rotan Gas Field, 140km offshore Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, from South Korea.

The PFLNG Dua is expected to complete its journey, covering 1,840 nautical miles (3407.68km), in approximately two weeks.

Its executive VP and CEO of gas and new energy Adnan Zainal Abidin said Petronas continues to demonstrate its commitment as a progressive energy and solutions partner by sustainably building its business portfolio with the PFLNG Dua.

“With its ability to reach remote deep-water gas reserves, the PFLNG Dua essentially opens up a new source of supply for cleaner energy in meeting the growing global demand,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Upon arrival at the Rotan Gas Field, the vessel will commence its installation, hook-up and commissioning with the Ready For Start-up date earmarked for mid-2020, while its provisional acceptance is expected by the end of this year.

Its team has been working for the last two years on the operational readiness for PFLNG Dua to ensure the necessary operating permits are procured on time, and preparing for the operation and maintenance procedures for a seamless transition between the project and operation phase.

The vessel can produce 1.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum and will be one of the world’s first floating deep-water LNG vessels capable of reaching remote, stranded and marginal gas reserves, located up to 1,500m water depth.

It can also accommodate gas production, offshore pipeline and gas liquefaction, as well as storage and offloading facilities.

The PFLNG Dua was delivered by Petronas, together with its partners, JGC Corp and Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd, the consortium responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of the floating LNG facility.

Last November, the PFLNG Dua was officially named by its Lady Sponsor Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, wife of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

As an integrated global LNG producer with over 35 years of experience, Petronas provides an uninterrupted supply of LNG to more than 25 countries worldwide.

The oil and gas company has safely delivered more than 12,000 cargoes globally, sourced from its portfolio of facilities located in Malaysia, Egypt and Australia.

With the PFLNG Dua, Petronas is the first global energy player to own and operate two floating LNG vessels, following the success of PFLNG Satu which has been in operation since 2017.