PETRONAS has launched the hull for its second floating liquefied natural gas facility (PFLNG2) at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard in Geoje Island, South Korea.

The 393 metre long hull was floated out from the Green Dock 3 to anchor at the quayside of the SHI shipyard – signifying that hull construction, which commenced in June 2015, was nearly completed.

Petronas global LNG project advisor for project delivery and technology Abdullah Karim said the company used its experience from the PFLNG Satu in the construction of PFLNG2, aiming to broaden the group’s floating LNG capabilities for deepwater operations.

“We take great pride in achieving this important milestone. The many lessons learnt from the design and construction of PFLNG Satu have been applied to PFLNG2,” he said.

Both PFLNG Satu and PFLNG2 are anticipated to be significant game changers in the LNG business landscape as they pave the way to unlocking gas reserves from remote, marginal and stranded gas fields, which would otherwise be uneconomical to develop, the group said.

Petronas vice president of group project delivery for project delivery and technology, Tuan Haji Zakaria Kasah said the launch of the hull signifies an achievement as well as the commitment by Petronas for the PFLNG2 project.

“The project has a good track record and safety performance that will ensure project deliveries are met as planned,” he added.

Petronas, JGC Group and SHI are a consortium leading the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of the PFLNG2 – marking the milestone with a pledge to deliver the PFLNG2 on schedule with safety as top priority.

Once completed, the PFLNG2 vessel will have a collective weight of 134,000 tonnes and will enable the liquefaction, production and offloading processing of natural gas in the Rotan field, 240 kilometres offshore Sabah.

Designed for water depths of between 500 metres and 1,500 metres and with a processing capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), PFLNG2 will play a key role in strengthening Petronas’ global LNG portfolio, the group said.