Petronas's floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility PFLNG Satu has produced its first LNG from the Kanowit gasfield in offshore Sarawak, Borneo.

The company conceptualised the FLNG facility in a bid to increase the potential of remote and stranded gas reserves.

Petronas LNG assets, development and production acting vice-president Adnan Zainal Abidin said: “At 365m long and with 22 modular systems, PFLNG SATU is an engineering marvel that brings together the liquefaction, production, storage and offloading processes of LNG to the offshore gasfield.

“We have successfully stretched the limits of our abilities with floating LNG technology to maintain our technical edge as a key LNG supplier.”

"PFLNG Satu has a processing capacity of 1.2 million tonnes per annum and has been designed to operate at water depths between 70m and 200m."

PFLNG Satu has a processing capacity of 1.2 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) and has been designed to operate at water depths between 70m and 200m.

The first cargo and commercial operations are expected in the first quarter of next year.

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Last month, the facility reached its final stages of commissioning and startup with the introduction of gas from the KAKG-A central processing platform at the Kanowit gasfield.

Gas is treated and liquefied through its nitrogen-based liquefaction unit and processed into the first drop of LNG.

In May, the facility set sail to the Kanowit gasfield by making its 2,120nm journey to Malaysia.

Construction started with the official steel cutting in June 2013, with the hull launched in April 2014.

In the fourth quarter of last year, PFLNG Satu achieved a 95% overall progress in its construction with installation of 22 modular systems both within and on the topside of the facility.