State-run Petronas subsidiary Petronas LNG 9 Sdn. Bhd. (PL9SB) has started commercial operations of the ninth LNG liquefaction train at the Petronas LNG Complex (PLC) in in Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia (OGJ Online, Feb. 24, 2012).
Equipped with a nameplate capacity of 3.6 million tonnes/year, the new production train entered commercial operation on Jan. 1, said JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. (JX NOE), Tokyo, which owns a 10% interest in PL9SB.
Startup of PL9SB’s liquefaction plant raises total production capacity at PLC to about 30 million tpy from its previous capacity of 25.7 million tpy.
Announcement of PL9SB’s official launch of commercial operations follows initial startup, commissioning, and production activities at the train in September 2016, Petronas said in its latest quarterly earnings presentation to investors.
JX NOE, which purchased equity interest in PL9SB in June 2016, also holds 10% interest in Petronas subsidiary Malaysia LNG Tiga Sdn. Bhd.’s operations at PLC, according to separate June 3, 2016, releases from JX NOE and Petronas.
In 2012, Petronas said Train 9, once completed, will receive its required feed gas of up to 850 MMcfd from various fields off Sarawak and, alongside all associated utilities, include units for the following:
• Gas receiving.
• Acid gas removal.
• Dehydration and mercury removal.
• Fractionation and liquefaction.
• LNG rundown (OGJ Online, June 7, 2012).
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