Malaysia’s Petronas eyes third floating LNG vessel amid upstream uncertainties

September 6, 2021

Dateline 2021-08-12,S&P Global:

Malaysia’s national oil company Petronas has issued a front-end engineering and design tender for a third floating liquefied natural gas or FLNG plant, for which bids are due in August from interested parties, according to sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

The FEED study is expected to kick off before the end of 2021 and lead to a final investment decision on the unit dubbed PFLNG Tiga during the second half of 2022, sources said. Petronas declined to comment.

Floating LNG sector showing its strengths

July 15, 2021

Operating FLNG units is no more challenging that operating onshore liquefaction facilities” Really?

Dateline 2021-06-04, Upstream Online:

Floating liquefied natural gas contractors are ready to pounce on fresh opportunities in the growing sector after a clutch of eye-catching developments in Asia, Africa and beyond have proven the technology.

Originally envisaged and developed to exploit remote or stranded gas resources, FLNG is currently being deployed in both deep and shallow waters and has even been used to produce from onshore fields.

The technology is also gaining increasing traction as a development option where onshore liquefaction may prove challenging due to security issues, a lack of infrastructure or other factors.

Operating FLNG units is no more challenging that operating onshore liquefaction facilities, Amir Hamzah Ghazali, head of floating LNG at Malaysia’s national oil company Petronas, told Upstream’s “The Future of Floating Liquefied Natural Gas” digital event last week.

World’s first FLNG project starts off Malaysia

December 25, 2016

Dateline 2016-11-17, OE:

Malaysia’s Petronas has achieved first gas from its first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility, PFLNG SATU earlier this week (14 November) from the Kanowit gas field, offshore Sarawak.

Image of the PFLNG SATU, from Petronas.

The introduction of gas from the KAKG-A central processing platform at the field ignited the PFLNG SATU flare tower at the height of 130m, proving the technological aspirations of Petronas to unlock gas reserves in Malaysia’s remote and stranded gas fields, the company said in a statement.

PFLNG SATU made its 2120 nm journey from Okpo, South Korea to the Kanowit gas field on 14 May 2016 for its offshore phase of commissioning, which Petronas anticipates will soon progress towards commercial operations and first cargo.

The PFLNG SATU, fitted with an external turret for water depths of between 70-200m deep, will extract natural gas via a flexible subsea pipeline for the liquefaction, production, storage and offloading processes of LNG at the offshore gas field.

“We have come a long way with our partners to deliver a game changer in the global LNG business. The shared vision for PFLNG SATU to monetise gas resources uneconomical to develop via conventional means is an achievement all can be proud of,” said Adnan Zainal Abidin, Petronas acting VP LNG assets, development and production said.


Malaysia Quiet Leader Of FLNG Vanguard

October 3, 2015

Dateline 2015-09-01, EP:

Malaysian national oil company (NOC) Petronas is nearing the completion of its first pioneering floating LNG (FLNG) unit, the PFLNG 1, facility, which is due onstream by year-end. At the same time the NOC’s second and larger unit—PFLNG 2—being done in partnership with Murphy Oil also is well underway in terms of its construction program.

PFLNG 1 (also known as PFLNG Satu) will be moored over the Kanowit gas field 180 km (112 miles) offshore Sarawak, Malaysia, and has been designed to produce up to 1.2 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG as part of Phase 1 of the Kumang Cluster Development. Scheduled for commercial startup early in 2016,PFLNG 1 is both on time and on budget—an impressive achievement for a project that represents such a bold step forward in terms of offshore technology development for its owner.


PFLNG opens doors to global opportunities

July 17, 2015

Dateline 2015-06-08, Borneo Post:

Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) says its floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility (PFLNG) is a game changer that will open doors to more opportunities in global projects.

Global LNG Project, Upstream vice president Adnan Zainal Abidin said although Petronas’ first PFLNG, the PFLNG1, is expected to start operations in the first quarter of next year, the group has already received enquiries from multinationals.

Petronas has two PFLNGs in the pipeline: the PFLNG1, costing more than US$1 billion and scheduled to be ready by early 2016, and the PFLNG2, expected to be ready by 2018.

The quest for remote gas pushes FLNG innovation

July 2, 2015

Dateline 2015-05-19, Marine Log:

By the end of this year, the world’s first Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) vessel will go to work in Malaysia’s gas field, some 180 kilometers off of the coast of Sarawak, producing 1.2 million tonnes of LNG annually.

Classed by DNV GL, the PFLNG1 vessel, also known as PFLNG SATU, is expected to play a significant role in the efforts of Malaysia state owned oil company PETRONAS to unlock the gas reserves in that country’s remote and stranded fields previously thought to be uneconomical to develop.

Petronas to deliver LNG cargo from world’s first floating facility in early 2016

May 28, 2015

Dateline 2015-04-21, TMI:

The world’s first floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, built by Petronas, is expected to supply its first cargoes in the first quarter of 2016, senior officials from the Malaysian state-oil firm said on Tuesday.

The 365m long Petronas Floating LNG 1 (PFLNG1), with a capacity of 1.2 million tonnes per annum, would be completed by March next year, the firm’s vice-president and venture director LNG Projects (Domestic) Abdullah Karim told reporters.

“We expect the first cargo of LNG to be available in the first quarter of 2016,” Abdullah said, adding that the gas supplies will likely be used for domestic consumption.

Murphy, Petronas sanction Malaysia FLNG project, 2018 startup targeted

March 9, 2014

Dateline 2014-02-03, Platts:

A final investment decision for the floating LNG liquefaction project at the Rotan field in Malaysia has been reached, and it is on track to achieving first gas by 2018, US company Murphy Oil said Thursday during a presentation to discuss its 2013 financial results.

Murphy operates Block H offshore Sabah, where the gas will be sourced, while Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas will operate the 1.5 million mt/year FLNG facility.

On a call with analysts, Murphy CEO Roger Jenkins said the FLNG project “is now fully sanctioned by both parties and the oil-linked gas terms agreed. This is a major milestone for both companies.”

Petronas had said in June last year that it was aiming for FID by the end of 2013.

Keel work begins for floating LNG facility

February 27, 2014

Oil & Gas Journal, dateline 2014-01-14:

Petronas said keel work has begun for its first floating LNG facility.

The first block of the keel was laid in the presence of representatives of Petronas, Technip, and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering at the shipyard in Okpo, South Korea.

“The keel laying signifies yet another significant achievement of the project in its construction phase,” said Petronas Vice-Pres. Datuk Abdullah Karim.

The PFLNG 1 facility is slated for completion in fourth-quarter 2015. The 365-m long facility will weigh 125,000 tonnes. Construction began in June 2013 with the cutting of steel for its hull.

The facility will be installed in Malaysia’s Kanowit gas field, 180 km offshore Sarawak. It will produce 1.2 million tonnes/year of LNG. Petronas said it will play a significant role in efforts to unlock gas in Malaysia’s remote and stranded fields currently deemed uneconomical to develop (OGJ Online, June 6, 2012).

Shell Leads LNG Competitors Out to Sea With Biggest Ship: Energy

October 12, 2012

Why is this article in here? Because PETRONAS wants to have the first FLNG in the solar system?

Dateline 2012-09-20:

For more than a decade, the world’s biggest liquefied natural gas producers led by Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) plotted how to move their $170 billion industry onto barges at sea to tap remote fields. Now they’re finally doing it.

Shell will forge the hull of a floating LNG plant in South Korea by year-end that will be the world’s largest vessel, weighing six times the biggest aircraft carrier, a Nimitz-class warship. Some 5,000 workers will build the factory to produce LNG off Australia’s northwest coast in a $13 billion project that also will shield Shell from escalating costs it would have to pay at the country’s onshore plants