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Petronas launches first FLNG hull

LNG Industry,

Petronas has launched the hull of its first floating liquefied natural gas (PFLNG 1) facility at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in South Korea. The facility is scheduled to be complete in Q4 2014.

The launch of the hull took place on 5th April, and saw the 365 m hull, equivalent to three NFL football fields in length, float out at a dock and launched to anchor at a quayside of DSME shipyard. This phase marks another milestone in the development of the facility and signifies the near-completion of hull construction works, less than 10 months since the cutting of the first steel in June 2013.

Impressive achievement

“It is an impressive achievement that we launch the hull within a short time frame following the keel laying process that began on 6 January 2014. In addition, the project has also achieved more than 5.5 million total safe man-hours since the project commenced in March 2012 with no occurrence of loss time incidents at the project site,” commented Petronas VP and Venture Director of LNG Projects (Domestic), Gas & Power Business, Datuk Abdullah Karim.

Karim added: “We look forward for the project team to continue driving this momentum further to achieve our committed milestones, in line with our plans and expectations.

“Petronas is currently working closely with its strategic partners, Technip and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering to ensure that the project is delivered safely, in accordance to project specification and quality, within cost and on schedule.”

Offshore Malaysia

The PFLNG1 vessel will be moored in Malaysia’s Kanowit gas field, 180 km offshore Sarawak and will produce 1.2 million tpa of LNG. It will play an important role in the company’s efforts to unlock the gas reserves offshore Malaysia, and will help meet the growing demand for gas.

The following officials were present at the launch:

  • Petronas CEO, Tan Sri Dato’ Shamsul Azhar Abbas
  • DSME CEO, Mr. Jaeho Ko
  • Technip chairman, Syed Feizal Syed Mohammad
  • Petronas executive VP Upstream, Dato’ Wee Yiaw Hin
  • Petronas VP Technology & Engineering, Dr. Colin Wong Hee Huing

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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