The Malaysia-based Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) oil and gas company cut steel for Petronas Floating LNG2 (PFLNG2), which will serve as its 2nd floating liquefied natural gas facility. The event took place on June 11th during a ceremony at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI)’s George Island shipyard in South Korea.

Petronas Reports Cutting Steel For 2nd FLNG

The steel cutting marks the beginning phase of the PFLNG2’s hull and topsides construction that have a 152,000-ton weight in total.

According to Petronas, the 2nd FLNG facility is going to enable the liquefaction, production and subsequent offloading processing of natural gas in the Rotan field, which is located at about 130 kilometers off Sabah, in the South China Sea. The 1.5 MTPA PFLNG2, which offers a unique design for the purposes of carrying out various deep-water procedures, should be commissioned in the year 2018.

“Back in January of last year, Petronas boldly decided to make its Final Investment Decision (FID) regarding the PFLNG2 project. Expectations are that the PFLNG2 will serve as the necessary technology solution that will enable us to monetize a bigger range of stranded gas fields in 2018, when it is to be commissioned,” commented Datuk Abdullah Karim, who is the Vice President & Venture Director of LNG Projects for Petronas.