Malaysia’s Petronas says Bintulu LNG plant resumes full operations

Malaysian energy giant Petronas has resumed full operations at its giant Bintulu LNG complex in Sarawak.

“Malaysia LNG Group of Companies (MLNG), a subsidiary of Petronas, successfully resumed full operations on May 19, 2024, upon restoring affected facilities following a power loss incident last week,” Petronas said on Thursday.

“Start-up efforts commenced on May 11, 2024, with initial operations resuming on the same day. The plant has now resumed normal operations,” the firm said.

Petronas did not provide further information.

The state-owned firm announced on May 14 that MLNG experienced a power loss at around 11:30 p.m. on May 10 at the LNG complex with a capacity of almost 30 mtpa.

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

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 the facility, down by two cargoes compared to 2022.

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