KUALA LUMPUR — May 7, 2017: Petronas is ramping up the capacity of its first floating liquefied natural gas facility, PFLNG Satu, which is expected to go into commercial operation next month.
As of now, the group does not have specific clients but if there’s demand priority will be given to its portfolio buyers.
“Our first cargo went to India, and next the vessel will sit on the Kanowit gas field off Sarawak for five years, after which our development people will be looking at the next field,” LNG Assets (Upstream) vice-president Adnan Zainol Abidin told reporters here today.
The facility, which marked the world first innovation in the LNG industry, is expected to boost Malaysia’s total LNG production capacity to 32 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).
The floating facility fits an LNG processing train, including all its utilities and support units, which traditionally are spread across an area of approximately 2.5 kilometres onto one compact 360-metre long and 40-metre wide structure.
The facility brings together the liquefaction, production, storage and offloading processes of LNG to offshore gas fields.
Adnan said PFLNG Satu, which has a designed capacity of 1.2 million mtpa, achieved its milestone with the introduction of gas from the KAKG-A central processing platform at the field off Sarawak.
He said the facility has enabled the national oil and gas company to monetise gas resources uneconomical to develop via conventional means, an achievement for the country.
“Next, we want to stabilise our operation on the first facility and in 2020, our second vessel, PFLNG Dua, is scheduled to be released,” he said.
The PFLNG Dua will be designed to produce 1.5 million tonnes of LNG per year and it will be moored using an external turret and designed to operate for 20 years without drylocking.
On the outlook for the LNG industry, Adnan said the demand for LNG would continue to increase in line with the growing world population.
“The need for this clean energy will continue increasing and Asia will still be the biggest consumer… there are also new markets keen to explore the usage of LNG, including India and Thailand,” he said. — Bernama