Petronas sends first F-LNG cargo to Dabhol

Vol 20, PW 16 (04 May 17) Midstream & Downstream

Petronas has become the first company in the world to send out a cargo from a Floating LNG liquefaction facility and India's Dabhol terminal has received it! On April 20, to be precise.

Petronas's first floating LNG facility PFLNG Satu sits 180-km offshore at the Kanowit field off Sarawak in Borneo. A standard-sized cargo was dispatched from the facility on April 1 aboard Hyundai-built LNG tanker Seri Camellia, commissioned in 2016 with a 150,200 cubic metre capacity.

Operated by Malaysia's MISC Berhad, the tanker reached Dabhol on April 20 at 11am and after unloading its cargo left for Singapore the next day. "This cargo was first expected to go to South Korea," says a GAIL source.

"But we managed to get the cargo for Dabhol." GAIL paid $5.60/mmbtu for this spot delivery - the first since it last delivered a cargo to India from one of its liquefaction facilities in October 2016. PFLNG SATU was deployed at Kanowit in May 2016 after Petronas took delivery of the massive ship from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.

Successful liquefaction trials began in December 2016 at the 1.2m t/y SATU unit which can operate in water depths ranging from 70 to 200 metres and can go 20 years at a stretch without dry-docking. Floating LNG is a new technology allowing companies to access stranded offshore gas and commercialise it without laying subsea pipelines to shore.