Malaysia’s Petronas – which has recently ramped up its involvement in LNG bunkering – has announced that its second floating LNG (FLNG) facility, PFLNG DUA has yielded its ‘first drop of LNG production’.
In a statement issued today (15 February), Petronas said that the ‘historic event’ signifies the ability of the PFLNG DUA topside facility to produce on-spec LNG product and ‘further validates the technology concept of floating LNG solutions for deepwater gas fields’.
The company’s first deep water FLNG facility is currently located at the Rotan gas field, 140km off Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. It produced its first gas on 6 February.
Petronas Vice President of LNG Asset Zakaria Kasah said: ‘This achievement showcases our focused execution and continuous effort in pushing boundaries to deliver innovative and customer-centric solutions to our customers. Despite operating in a challenging environment which is exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, we managed to commission this megastructure and achieve first LNG production in seven days upon the first gas in. This is a record achievement, and a great milestone for PETRONAS and the LNG industry.’
PFLNG DUA is expected to deliver its first LNG cargo to customers by the middle of March 2021. Once it is commercialised, Petronas will become the first global energy company to own and operate two floating LNG facilities.
As previously reported, Petronas will be diverting a growing proportion of its LNG product to the bunkering sector. In November last year, Petronas partnered with Titan LNG for the first LNG bunkering at the Port of Pasir Gudang. Last week, the Malaysian state energy company announced two major LNG bunkering partnerships, with JERA and Sumitomo.