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Honeywell has announced that its subsidiary, UOP, has secured a contract from Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), to deliver its acid gas removal technology for the world’s first Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) project.

The project, known as Floating LNG 1 (PFLNG 1), has been designed to extract natural gas from offshore wells, liquefy it and store it for later transportation.

The FLNG unit, which is expected to begin operations by the end of 2015, will be moored nearly 112 miles off the coast of Sarawak, Malaysia, and has been designed to produce 1.2 million tonnes per year of LNG.

Under the contract, Honeywell will provide its UOP Amine Guard FS technology to remove carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) feed streams. The US-based technology company has developed the UOP Amine Guard FS process to reduce acid gas contaminants to very low levels prior to liquefaction.

"The project, known as Floating LNG 1 (PFLNG 1), has been designed to extract natural gas from offshore wells."

The technology can also be used to precondition the gas that results in 40% of the world’s LNG production from onshore base-load LNG plants, said Honeywell.

UOP has modified the technology for use in a floating service environment to reduce plot size, weight and cost, while at the same time improving reliability, resistance to rocking motion and expanding the operating envelope.

Petronas and UOP have jointly worked to design the acid gas removal system to obtain an optimised process capable of expansion and handling various feed stream contaminant concentrations.

Honeywell’s UOP Gas Processing and Hydrogen business unit vice president and general manager Rebecca Liebert said: "Together with PETRONAS, we are excited to bring continued improvements to meet the world’s growing demand for cleaner-burning and versatile natural gas energy in this new frontier of gas conditioning and treating."

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