Malaysia-based Petronas has produced its first LNG from its floating LNG vessel just three days after receiving natural gas from the Kebabangan cluster field.
Moored in 120 m of water 90 km offshore Sabah, Petronas PFLNG Satu has been repositioned from the Kumang cluster field offshore Sarawak in March.
The first gas from the field was sent to PFLNG Satu through the vessel’s turret system via a 5-km flexible pipeline. As part of a series of start-up activities, the natural gas was chilled using a dual nitrogen cycle liquefaction process, producing the first LNG three days later. The first cargo delivery of LNG from the new field is expected in June.
Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Company Sdn Bhd began producing gas from the Kebabangan field in 2014.
Petronas vice president of LNG assets Zakaria Kasah said “This achievement showcases our focused execution and close collaboration efforts, within Petronas as well as externally with the state government and regulatory bodies. We not only proved our concept of a relocatable floating LNG facility, but we have also seamlessly achieved the first LNG drop in just three days after first gas in.”
Designed to operate in water of between 70 m and 200 m with a processing capacity of 1.2 mta, PFLNG Satu was designed and built by a consortium of TechnipFMC and South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. Built to DNV GL class, PFLNG Satu can store up to 177,000 m3 of LNG in eight membrane LNG storage tanks engineered by GTT and 20,000 m3 of condensate in two below-deck tanks.