Keel work begins for floating LNG facility

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).

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