PFLNG2 Steel Cutting

Petronas is set to begin the construction phase of the hull and topsides of its second floating liquefied natural gas facility (PFLNG2) at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Shipyard, South Korea.

The Malaysian oil company announced the official steel cutting of its new facility in a ceremony at the shipyard in Geoje Island.

PFLNG2 will have a collective weight of 152,000t and be built at the SHI Shipyard.

According to the company, the 152,000t facility will have space for liquefaction, production and offloading processing of natural gas in the Rotan field, located 130km offshore Sabah.

"The expectation is for PFLNG2 to embark on a technology solution to monetise a wider range of stranded gas fields when it is commissioned in 2018."

Designed for deepwater, PFLNG2 is expected to be commissioned in 2018.

Petronas LNG projects domestic vice-president and venture director Datuk Abdullah Karim said: "Petronas made a bold decision in January 2014 to make its final investment decision (FID) for the PFLNG2 project.

"The expectation is for PFLNG2 to embark on a technology solution to monetise a wider range of stranded gas fields when it is commissioned in 2018."

The consortium awarded with engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of the facility included, JGC Group and SHI.

JGC Group chairman emeritus Yoshihiro Shigehisa said: "We are honoured that with the successful delivery of PFLNG2, we will be making yet another contribution to Petronas and their offshore development strategy."


Image: Petronas announces steel cutting ceremony of its new LNG facility. Photo: courtesy of Petroliam Nasional Berhad.