Petronas began lifting the first topside module for its floating liquefied natural gas (PFLNG1) facility at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea, on 22 September 2014.
The topside module lifting marks another major construction milestone for the facility, as it signifies the near completion of the PFLNG1, which will be the world’s first floating LNG facility in operation.
The first topside module, on which power generation and control functions instruments are to be installed, weighs about 2000 tonnes, which is nearly equivalent to the weight of 100 ordinary cargo containers.
A 3600-ton marine crane was used to conduct the lifting operation by DSME. There are 20 remaining modules, weighing approximately 40,000 tonnes, that will be installed on the hull. The topside module lifting is scheduled to be completed 1Q 2015.
Petronas Vice President and Venture Director of LNG Projects – Domestic, Datuk Abdullah Karim said, “It is meaningful that the PFLNG1 construction is approaching another step closer towards successfully becoming the world’s first operational floating LNG facility, with the first module lifting achieved on the 13th month since commencement of topsides construction.”
“The topside is the heart of this floating LNG facility where pre-treatment and liquefaction process for the gas will be carried out. Therefore, the safe and successful installation of the topside is critical to the delivery of the project,” he added.
Petronas appointed Technip and DSME to jointly develop the 365m-long, 60m-wide, and 33m-high PFLNG1 facility with LNG capacity of 1.2mtpa.
Once the construction and installation phases are completed in 2015, PFLNG1 will be moored in Kanowit field, which is about 180km offshore Sarawak, Malaysia.
Petronas says the PFLNG1 will play a significant role in the company's efforts to unlock and monetize gas reserves, especially in Malaysia’s remote and stranded fields.
Photo at right of topside module lift from Petronas.
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