KUALA LUMPUR -- The keel-laying process for
Petronas first floating liquefied natural
gas facility (PFLNG
1) has commenced this week, marking another significant
milestone in the construction of the facility at the
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in
Okpo, South Korea.
The first block of the keel, the basic structure around
which the hull of the FLNG
vessel will be built, was laid on 6 January in the presence of
the integrated project team led by PETRONAS with
its partners, Technip and DSME.
"The keel laying signifies yet another significant
achievement of the project in its construction phase," said Datuk
Abdullah Karim, PETRONAS Vice President and Venture
Director of LNG
Projects Domestic, Gas & Power Business.
"We would like to thank the project teams for their perseverance
and dedication that led to this milestone in a safe manner, in
line with our plans and expectations," he added.
The construction of the PFLNG
1 facility, which commenced in June 2013 with the cutting of
the steel for its hull, is scheduled to be completed in the
fourth quarter of 2015, making it the worlds first to be
When operational, the facility will have a weight of about
125,000 tons and is 365 m in length, which is equivalent to
three times the length of an NFL football field. It will also
be the first to use the dual row cargo containment system to
ensure limited sloshing within its hull.
1 facility will be located in Malaysias Kanowit gas
field, 180 km offshore Sarawak. It will produce 1.2 MMt of LNG
per year and will play a significant role in PETRONAS
efforts to unlock the gas reserves in Malaysia's remote and
stranded fields currently deemed uneconomical to develop and