Petronas launches second FLNG hull

12 May 2016, Week 18 Issue 417

Petronas has launched the hull for its second floating LNG (FLNG) at the Geoje Island, in South Korea, it said in a statement on May 10. The Malaysian company said the facility, PFLNG2, had been launched at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) yard on April 30. 

The company launched the hull for its first FLNG vessel in April 2014. It was named PFLNG SATU in March this year and was expected to be ready for a sail-away ceremony in the second quarter, with operations beginning later this year. 

Work on the 393-metre hull for PFLNG2 began in June 2015. “We take great pride in achieving this [hull launch]. The many lessons learnt from the design and construction of PFLNG Satu have been applied to PFLNG2. I look forward to the successful completion of PFLNG2 and must thank the project team [of] JGC and SHI for the good job,” said Petronas’ global LNG advisor, Datuk Abdullah Karim.

The PFLNG2 vessel will have a completed weight of 134,000 tonnes and will be used in the processing of gas from the Rotan field, 240 km offshore Sabah. It has been designed to work in water depths from 500 to 1,500 metres, with production of 1.5 million tonnes per year. 

A final investment decision (FID) was given on PFLNG2 in February 2014. At that point, the vessel was targeting an in-service date of early 2018. 

In February of this year, though, in Petronas’ presentation of its 2015 results, the company said it had taken a “decision to re-phase [PFLNG2], to be commissioned at a later date than originally planned.” It did not provide any additional details as to when commissioning might take place. 

PFLNG SATU is intended to work on the Kanowit gas field, 180 km offshore Sarawak. It will be able to produce 1.2 million tonnes per year of LNG. This vessel was built with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Technip at the DSME shipyard in Okpo, South Korea.