First Gas For Petronas’ First Floating LNG Facility

First Gas For Petronas’ First Floating LNG Facility

James Hoare - 24 November 2016

When PETRONAS achieved first gas in Malyasia recently, our Editor James Hoare decided to have a look at the valves supplied in this project. Feature image: PFLNG SATU made a journey of over 2,000 miles from South Korea to the Kanowit gas field earlier in May this year (Photo: PETRONAS)

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James Hoare is a member of Valve World magazine's editorial team and is contributing to articles, interviews and reports for KCI publications.
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Petronas recently achieved first gas for their PFLNG SATU facility in Malaysia.

As many of our readers know, natural gas continues to be in high demand as a clean and safe energy source. The unfortunate thing for us energy-hungry consumers is that gas is not always easily accessed. An estimated 60% of our global gas reserves are located somewhere that is, well, a lot harder to find than our car keys, and certainly more remote than on the top of the fridge or under the sofa. We’re talking about places where normal rigs and pipelines aren’t viable or profitable. With this in mind other solutions have been needed to keep these projects cost effective. But just cost has not been a factor - many of these locations are environmentally sensitive, too.

A solution to these challenges in recent times has been the floating LNG facility. The latest FLNG news that hit my desk this week was from Petronas when it achieved first gas for their PFLNG SATU facility in Malaysia. This country has some gas reserves that are very remote and difficult to reach, so Petronas were very proud to launch this which they’ve labelled “the world’s most versatile floating LNG vessel”. According to the company the new LNG vessel will complement their global LNG portfolio and enhance their reputation as a preferred and reliable LNG supplier. It is anticipated that the commissioning and start up for the floating LNG facility will soon progress towards commercial operations and first cargo.

The materials use in the the PFLNG are anticipated to require less maintenance and are designed to be hardy and resistant to marine conditions. I was interested to hear that PETRONAS applied reverse construction for this facility, essentially meaning that the topside module components were done upside down. This was to increase safety and improve accessibility during inspections. The FLNG is expected to have a design life of 20 years and can be redeployed to other fields as they deplete. Project partners for the facility included Technip, DSME, GTT, UOP, Air Products and GE.

Curious about the valves supplying this project? I couldn’t find a full listing however BERMAD have posted on LinkedIn here about the valves they’ve supplied and the applications required for fire protection valves in offshore applications. These include high capacity pressure control deluge valves, on/off deluge valves for seawater, foam concentrate valves and nickel aluminum bronze with monel trim. What is also interesting viewing is their video of testing in their UK facility to show a manual operation and function test of both latching type solenoid valves. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this, hope you do too.

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