Keel laying for the Petronas floating liquefied natural gas facility has started at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard in South Korea.
The first block of the keel has been laid in the presence of the project team made up of Petronas, Technip and DSME staff. Petronas vice president and venture director of LNG projects Datuk Abdullah Karim said this was a significant achievement for the construction phase of the project.
The construction of the entire facility is expected to finish by the end of 2015, beating Shell's FLNG maiden Prelude and vying with Exmar's Caribbean FLNG to become the world’s first operating FLNG facility. It will sit in Malaysia’s Kanowit gas field off the coast of Sarawak. The PFLNG-1 will produce about 1.2 million tonnes of LNG per year and will play a role in unlocking the potential of Petronas’ fields in Malaysia.
It is expected that gas from PFLNG-1 will be used for both domestic and export markets. The company is developing two FLNG projects are the same time, with the second unit expected to be deployed at Murphy Oil’s Rotan field off Sabah.
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