Petronas’ second floater ships first LNG cargo

Malaysia’s energy giant Petronas has shipped the first cargo from its second floating liquefied natural gas producer located in the Rotan gas field, offshore Sabah.

With this, Petronas becomes the first global energy company to produce LNG from two floating facilities, the firm said in a statement.

Petronas said it loaded the cargo on Wednesday from the 1.5 mtpa PFLNG Dua onto Seri Camar, operated by its unit MISC, for delivery to the firm’s LNG buyer in Thailand.

To remind, the maiden cargo follows first gas production in February.

Petronas’ second floater ships first LNG cargo
Image: Petronas

The Malaysian company’s second FLNG arrived at the field in March last year following a 1,840-nautical mile-long journey from South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries.

The unit sits at a location about 140km offshore Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, where the water depth reaches about 1,300 metres.

Petronas said in its third-quarter report in November last year the 393 metres long FLNG achieved ready-for-start-up (RFSU) status on August 27 adding that it expected commercial launch in 2021.

Besides this floating producer, Petronas already operates the 1.2 mtpa PFLNG Satu that started producing LNG from the Kanowit gas field, offshore Sarawak in December 2016, but Petronas later relocated this unit to the Kebabangan cluster field offshore Sabah.

Following arrival at the new location, the 365 metres long PFLNG Satu started LNG production in May 2019.

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