SSE Installs Gas Dehydration Unit for Sarawak Shell Platform

Sime SembCorp Engineering of Malaysia will install the world's first gas dehydration unit on an offshore platform. The RM200 million fabricated infrastructure equipment is expected to be installed at Sarawak Shell's high sour gas field offshore Bintulu before end of this month.

In view of the field's higher than normal sour gas contaminants, Sarawak Shell will be using the so called revolutionary "twister" technology to treat the gas extracted from the field. The gas field is scheduled for production this year and will supply gas to the second Malaysian Liquefied Natural Gas plant in Bintulu.

SembCorp's general manager Ahmad Faiza Abdul Rashid said the new approach could dehydrate more gas from much smaller, unmanned, offshore platforms, with reduced cost. "We were awarded the Engineering, Procurement and Commissioning contract by Sarawak Shell to build a seven-module offshore gas platform in March last year," he said.

Ahmad said the company completed the construction of the platforms recently and is ready to transport them offshore.

"The first module - the utility component or known as M2 which weighs 1,800 tons, had been loaded out on four trailers from our yard and aboard a barge ready to be shipped out to sea," he said.

Sime SembCorp Engineering is owned 70% by Sime Darby Bhd and 20% by SembCorp Engineering Pte Ltd.