Malaysia’s Petronas reports power loss at Bintulu LNG plant

Malaysian energy giant Petronas reported a power loss at the giant Bintulu LNG complex in Sarawak.

“Malaysia LNG Group of Companies (MLNG), a subsidiary of Petronas, experienced a power loss at around 11:30 p.m. on May 10, 2024, at the Petronas LNG Complex (PLC) in Bintulu,” Petronas said in a statement on Tuesday.

Prior to the incident, the facility was operating at “optimal efficiency”, according to Petronas.

Petronas said the cause of the power loss had been identified and start-up efforts to resume operations are currently in progress.

“Meanwhile, MLNG is continuously engaging partners and customers to mitigate the impact of the incident and fulfill its contractual commitments,” Petronas said.

According to Kpler, a three-day Bintulu shutdown results in a 240,000-ton LNG loss (four 60,000-ton cargoes).

Kpler data shows that the LNG complex sent shipments on May 12 (0.13 million tons) and May 10 (0.7 million tons). There were no exports on May 11 and May 13.

Seven vessels were waiting to load on Tuesday, it said.

The Bintulu plant, which has shipped more than 12,000 LNG cargoes since it started operations back in 1983, consists of nine trains and supplies key demand centers such as Japan, South Korea, China, and Taiwan.

The 30 mtpa LNG complex includes MLNG Satu, MLNG Dua, MLNG Tiga, and the most recent Train 9 which started commercial operations in 2017.

During 2023, Petronas delivered 403 LNG cargoes from facility, down by two cargoes compared to 2022.

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