Petronas’ second floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility, PFLNG Dua, has produced its first LNG.

The site is the Malaysian company’s first deepwater FLNG operation.

The PFLNG DUA produced its first LNG from the Rotan gas field, located 140km off Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

A statement from the company says that the facility completed the subsea commissioning phase and produced its first gas on 6 February. The PFLNG Dua will deliver its first LNG cargo to customers by the middle of March.

It operates the facility in collaboration with its upstream production-sharing contract partner, PTT Exploration and Production.

Petronas LNG asset vice-president Zakaria Kasah said: “This achievement showcases our focused execution and continuous effort in pushing boundaries to deliver innovative and customer-centric solutions to our customers.

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“Despite operating in a challenging environment that is exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, we managed to commission this megastructure and achieve first LNG production in seven days upon the first gas in.

“This is a record achievement, and a great milestone for Petronas and the LNG industry.”

Designed to reach gas fields in water depths up to 1.5km, the PFLNG Dua has a capacity of producing 1.5Mtpa of LNG.

Petronas’ other FLNG vessel, PFLNG Satu, produced its first LNG in 2016 from the Kanowit gas field, offshore Sarawak.

In 2019, PFLNG Satu was relocated to Kebabangan field, offshore Sabah.