World’s first FLNG facility starts up

Offshore staff

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The PFLNG SATU, Petronas’ first floating liquefied natural gas facility, has achieved first gas at the deepwater Kanowit field offshore Sarawak.

The introduction of gas from the KAKG-A central processing platform at the field ignited the PFLNG SATU flare tower at the height of 130 m (427 ft), proving the company’s technological aspirations of to unlock gas reserves in Malaysia’s remote and stranded gas fields.

Adnan Zainal Abidin, Petronas’ acting vice president LNG Assets, Development & Production, said the first gas milestone signified the commencement of commissioning and startup for the floating LNG facility that will soon progress toward commercial operations and first cargo.

“We have come a long way with our partners to deliver a game changer in the global LNG business,” he said. “The shared vision for PFLNG SATU to monetize gas resources uneconomical to develop via conventional means is an achievement all can be proud of.” 

On May 14, 2016, the vessel made the 2,120-nautical mile journey from the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd. shipyard in Okpo, South Korea, to the Kanowit gas field, 180 km (112 mi) offshore.

Fitted with an external turret for water depths of between 70 m and 200 m (230 ft and 656 ft) deep, the PFLNG SATU has a processing capacity of 1.2 MM mtpa with 145 crew onboard.

Designed to last up to 20 years without dry-docking, the 365-m x 60-m x 33-m (1,198-ft x 197-ft x 108-ft) PFLNG SATU has the flexibility to be redeployed to multiple locations to better access marginal and stranded gas fields of Malaysia.


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