Malaysia’s Petronas reports fire at LNG complex in Bintulu, operations unaffected

October 7, 2021

Pure speculation on my part, pump fire?

Dateline 2021-09-29, Reuters:

Malaysia’s state energy firm Petronas said a fire broke out at its massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) complex in Bintulu on Tuesday but that operations were unaffected.

The fire occurred at the sea-cooling water outfall channel located outside the complex’s process area, and was successfully extinguished, Petronas said in a statement on Wednesday.

Malaysia’s Petronas facing minor production issues at Bintulu LNG plant

December 4, 2020

Dateline 2020-11-09, Marketscreener:

Malaysian state energy firm Petronas on Monday said it was facing minor production issues at its liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Bintulu and that supply has not been affected.
Reuters had reported on Friday that loadings of LNG cargoes have been delayed from the plant, located in the eastern Malaysian state of Sarawak.

Petronas said the production issues at Bintulu are under control and have been resolved, adding that they are “part and parcel of operations”.

Incident At PETRONAS LNG Complex In Sarawak

September 29, 2020

Dateline 2020-09-01,

Malaysia LNG Sdn. Bhd. (MLNG) wishes to confirm that an incident involving one fatality and one injury had occurred at PETRONAS LNG Complex, Sarawak at approximately 2pm on 31 August 2020. The incident occurred at the Acid Gas Removal Unit (AGRU) drain containment which is currently under maintenance. Both contractors were sent immediately to the hospital where it was confirmed that one of the contractors had passed away while the injured contractor is currently receiving medical treatment. 
Investigation is currently being carried out and all relevant authorities have been informed of the incident. The operations at PETRONAS LNG Complex remains unaffected and further information with regard to the investigation outcome will be provided in due course. 
MLNG is deeply saddened by the incident and we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased.

Gas issues could spur exploration offshore Malaysia

July 23, 2019

Dateline 2019-06-24, Offshore:

Malaysia’s need for additional gas supplies could trigger a new round of upstream investment in Southeast Asia, according to Wood Mackenzie.

There have been multiple breakdowns in the Sabah-Sarawak gas pipeline and Petronas’ large Kasawari gas project offshore Sarawak has still to receive the go-ahead.

This has resulted in a short-term supply problem for Malaysia’s Bintulu MLNG plant, and the shortage could continue until at least 2025, when new fields are due to come onstream such as Kasawari, Jerun, Timi, Rosmari, and Marjoram.


Malaysia’s Sabah-Sarawak gas pipeline shut for repairs: sources

June 21, 2019

Dateline 2019-05-14, Business Times:

[SINGAPORE] Malaysia’s state oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Bhd has temporarily shut the Sabah-Sarawak pipeline that feeds gas to its liquefied natural gas (LNG) complex at Bintulu in the state of Sarawak, two industry sources said on Tuesday.

The 500-kilometre pipeline that transports gas from Kimanis in Sabah state to the LNG plant in Sarawak was shut from the start of May for repairs that will take about two months, one of the sources with knowledge of the matter said.

This has slowed production at the Bintulu plant, and potentially will curb spot LNG exports from Malaysia, a second source told Reuters.


Limited output disruption from fire at Malaysia’s Bintulu LNG plant: sources

March 25, 2019

Dateline 2019-02-25, S&P Global:

Malaysia’s Bintulu LNG plant is expected to experience limited production disruptions or cargo loading delays after a fire broke out at the plant on Friday morning, industry sources told S&P Global Platts.
Authorities at the Petronas facility have gotten the situation under control and there is little likelihood of a significant production impact as a result, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Malaysia’s Sarawak state to take 10 pct stake in Petronas LNG facility

March 4, 2018

Dateline 2018-01-16, Nasdaq:

Malaysian energy firm Petroliam Nasional Berhad, or Petronas, said the Sarawak state government will take an equity stake in one of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facilities.

The state government has signed a term sheet with Petronas for an equity participation in LNG Train 9 at the company’s LNG complex in Bintulu, Sarawak, Petronas said in a statement on Monday.

Sarawak will take a 10 percent equity stake, according to state news agency Bernama.

Bintulu boy Pau on cloud nine atop MLNG

December 29, 2016

Dateline 2016-11-21, Borneo Post:

A Bintulu boy has been leading Malaysia LNG Group of Companies (MLNG) since last April.

For Pau Kiew Huai, pushing an ageing plant to produce a world-class performance is a massive challenge for Petronas subsidiary MLNG, which manages and operates the Petronas LNG Complex (PLC).

But sustaining the company’s financial performance under the duress of a prolonged oil and LNG price slump is something Pau Kiew Huai and his 1,500-strong team must deliver.

When Pau was appointed to the post, the global oil price was below USD30 per barrel. Hence, it was an appointment very few people would envy.

But Pau viewed the challenges as opportunities to prove that the impossible is possible.

His experience as an engineer at MLNG will come in handy. It taught him to be self reliant, disciplined and committed.

Shell said to weigh sale of over $1b Malaysia LNG stake

November 27, 2016

Hibiscus or CLIQ in the bidding?

Dateline 2016-10-14, The Star:

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is considering a sale of its stake in a Malaysian liquefied natural gas export plant, which could fetch more than $1 billion, people familiar with the matter said.

The Anglo-Dutch energy giant is gauging interest in its 15 percent stake in MLNG Tiga Sdn., which owns an LNG terminal in Sarawak on the island of Borneo, according to the people.

Malaysia’s state-owned Petroliam Nasional Bhd., which holds 60 percent of MLNG Tiga, has pre-emptive rights on the stake, one of the people said, asking not to be identified as the process is private.

The sale may draw interest from private-equity firms, the people said. MLNG Tiga, set up in 1995, is the third plant to be built in the Petronas LNG complex in Bintulu, Sarawak, according to its website.

Petronas to benefit from takeover of Shell’s MLNG Dua stake

September 26, 2015

Dateline 2015-08-25, The Star:

Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) will benefit from its takeover of Shell’s 50% interest in the MLNG Dua liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant as the deal will enable the Malaysian national oil and gas producer to better match domestic gas production with regional LNG demand, BMI Research says.
“With Petronas and its subsidiaries now becoming the operator of the project, we see this development as a positive for the firm as it will allow it to consolidate its operations in Sarawak and aid its efforts in developing the region as a gas hub,” BMI Research, a global financial information services company, said.
“By taking control of MLNG Dua, Petronas will have better control over the gas production and export in the Sarawak region and will be able to better match gas production with regional LNG demand,” it added.