Malaysia’s national oil company Petronas has become the first global energy company to produce liquefied natural gas from two floating facilities following the maiden cargo from PFLNG Dua offshore Malaysia.

Petronas said this milestone confirms the viability of its push in unlocking stranded and deep-water gas fields with floating LNG solutions that are claimed to be more sustainable and economical compared with conventional solutions.

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The maiden cargo from the PLFNG Dua on Wednesday was loaded on to the MISC-operated LNG carrier Seri Camar for delivery to Thailand.

PFLNG Dua, which is deployed on Thai player PTTEP’s Rotan gas field on Block H offshore Sabah, East Malaysia, has a production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG. The unit is operating in a water depth of 1300 metres.

Unlocking more fields

“Similar to our flagship floating facility (PFLNG Satu), PFLNG Dua’s mobility will allow us to unlock even more marginal and stranded gas fields in the future, providing Petronas with new and sustainable sources of LNG to meet the growing demand for cleaner energy,” said chief executive Tengku Muhammad Taufik.

Petronas in 2016 deployed the PFLNG Satu, the world’s first operational FLNG unit, which in March 2019 became the first such relocation when it moved to the Kebabangan gas field offshore Sabah from the Kanowit gas field offshore Sarawak, also in East Malaysia.