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Petronas FLNG Dua produces first LNG

Malaysian energy giant Petronas’ second floating (FLNG) facility, PFLNG Dua, produced its first drop of LNG recently.

Petronas FLNG Dua produces first LNG
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This event signifies the ability of PFLNG Dua topside facility to produce on spec LNG product, which further validates the technology concept of floating LNG solutions for deepwater gas fields, Petronas noted in its statement on Monday.

The company’s first deep water FLNG facility is currently located at the Rotan gas field, 140 kilometers off Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. In collaboration with its upstream production sharing contract partner, PTT Exploration and Production, it has successfully completed the subsea commissioning phase and achieved its First Gas on 6 February 2021.

Petronas vice president of LNG asset Zakaria Kasah said, “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 7 days upon the first gas in.”

PFLNG Dua is expected to deliver its first LNG cargo to customers by the middle of March 2021. Upon commercialization, Petronas will become the first global energy company to own and operate two floating LNG facilities.

Together with PFLNG Satu, which first produced LNG from the Kanowit gas field offshore Sarawak in 2016 and was successfully relocated to Kebabangan field offshore Sabah in 2019, this solution allows for the processing of LNG to be done offshore hundreds of kilometres away from land. Its versatility enables Petronas to unlock remote and stranded gas fields that were previously uneconomical to explore.

PFLNG Dua is capable of reaching gas fields in water depths up to 1,500 meters and produces 1.5 million tonnes of LNG per year.