By NUR HANANI AZMAN / Pic BERNAMA
PETROLIAM Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) second floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility (PFLNG Dua) will deliver its first LNG cargo to customers by mid-March this year following its successful drop production recently.
The national oil company said the his- toric event underlined PFLNG Dua’s ability to produce on specification LNG products, which further validates the technology concept of floating LNG solutions for deepwater gas fields.
Petronas LNG Asset VP Zakaria Kasah said despite the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and the oil price slump, Petronas has managed to commission the facility and achieve first LNG production in seven days upon the first gas in.
“This is a record achievement and a great milestone for Petronas and the LNG industry,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Upon commercialisation, Petronas will become the first global energy company to own and operate two floating LNG facilities.
PFLNG Dua is located at the PTT Exploration and Production plc’s (PTTEP) operated Rotan gas field off Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. PTTEP and Petronas successfully completed the subsea commissioning phase and achieved first gas from the unit on Feb 6 at the Rotan field.
The deep-water vessel is capable of reaching gas fields in water depths up to 1,500m and will produce 1.5 million tonnes of LNG per year.
“Together with PFLNG Satu, which first produced LNG from the Kanowit gas field offshore Sarawak in 2016 and was successfully relocated to Kebabangan field offshore Sabah in 2019, this game-changing solution allows for the processing of LNG to be done offshore hundreds of kilometres away from land.
“Its versatility enables Petronas to unlock remote and stranded gas fields that were previously uneconomical to explore,” Zakaria said.
The PFLNG Dua is part of Petronas’ portfolio of LNG facilities around the world, enabling the company to achieve its aspiration to power the world with cleaner energy, and at the same time, transform Sabah into a regional deepwater hub.
The vessel, built by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd, first set sail for Sabah in February last year. It is operated by a 120-strong crew and is expected to produce one LNG cargo every two weeks.
The company had previously said it would build a third floater if there is demand.