PETRONAS' PLNG SATU Heads to Malaysia's Kanowit Gas Field Off Sarawak

Malaysia's national oil company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) announced Tuesday that its first floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility, PFLNG SATU has set sail to the Kanowit gas field, offshore Sarawak, making its historic 2,120 nautical mile journey to Malaysia May 14.

At 1,198 foot- (365 meter-) long and with a dry weight of 132,000 tons, PFLNG SATU was towed from the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea for the offshore phase of the project.

The PFLNG SATU will proceed with the installation, hook-up and commissioning of the floating facility once moored at the Kanowit gas field, 112 miles (180 kilometers) offshore Sarawak.

PETRONAS’ Advisor of Global LNG Project – Project Delivery and Technology, Abdullah Karim said the sail away of the floating LNG facility marked a significant milestone in PETRONAS’ bold decision to deliver a game changer in the global LNG business as it paves the way for opportunities to monetise the greater availability of stranded gas reserves.

“The sail away of PFLNG SATU is an achievement everyone in PETRONAS, DSME and Technip can be proud of. Congratulations and I look forward to the next phase of the project at the Kanowit gas field for the successful startup of PFLNG SATU,” added Abdullah Karim.

Construction began with the official steel cutting in June 2013 followed by the launching of the hull on April 2014. In the fourth quarter of 2015, PETRONAS announced that PFLNG SATU had achieved a 95 percent overall progress in its construction with the successful installation of 22 modular systems within and on the topside of the floating facility.

PETRONAS’ President and CEO of Pacific NorthWest LNG, Adnan Zainal Abidin said that a total of 18 million man-hours has been clocked to achieve the technological and engineering aspirations of a floating LNG facility.

“Our gratitude to the hard work and dedication of the PETRONAS project team and our partners for achieving this milestone. We wish the team success in the offshore phase of the project,” said Adnan.

Designed for water-depths between 230 feet (70 meters) to 656 feet (200 meters) deep and a processing capacity of 1.2 million tons per annum (mtpa) with 145 crew onboard, PFLNG SATU will support PETRONAS’ global LNG portfolio and enhance its reputation as a preferred and reliable LNG supplier.

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