The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) announced this week they have been awarded the classification contract for Petronas’ second new FLNG facility (PFLNG 2) which will be built at Samsung Heavy Industries.
“This is a very significant award for us,” commented ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki in a statement on the company’s website.
ABS notes PFLNG 2, which is scheduled to see first gas production in early 2018, will be moored via an external turret on the deepwater Rotan gas field offshore Sabah, Malaysia. Designed to produce 1.5 million metric tons of LNG per year, the vessel is expected to operate on site for a minimum of 20 years without dry docking.
ABS Vice President for Global Gas Solutions Patrick Janssens views this as the first of many potential awards.
“The search for new energy reserves is seeing exploration activities shift to the type of remote offshore fields on which facilities like the PFLNG 2 are perfectly suited to operate,” Janssens says. “With the growing demand for gas around the world, there will be a continued emphasis on FLNG-related technology,” added Patrick Janssens, ABS’ VP for Global Gas Solutions.
A consortium consisting of JGC Corporation and Samsung Heavy Industries will be charged with the Engineering Procurement, Construction, Installation and Commissioning (EPCIC) of the new vessel.
The first of Petronas’ FLNG facilities is taking shape at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard in Okpo, South Korea and is on track for start-up at Malaysia’s Kanowit field, 180 kilometers offshore Sarawak by the end of 2015. This vessel will be classed by ABS’ industry rival DNV-GL.