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GE to supply LNG compressors on Petronas Sarawak FLNG1

Technip and Daewoo in progress on Sarawak FLNG

In June 2012, Petronas Floating LNG 1 (Labuan) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) selected the Technip-Daewoo Consortium (TDC) to design and build the first floating unit to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Malaysia.

This Malaysia FLNG1 is to be installed 180 kilometers offshore Bintulu in Sarawak, Malaysia, to liquefy the natural gas of the Rotan and Biris fields developed with Murphy Oil Corporation.

According to the front end engineering and design (FEED) awarded in 2010 and completed in 2012 by Technip’s Paris in France, this first Petronas FLNG should be 300 meter long, 60 meter wide and should have a producing capacity of 1.2 million per year of LNG.

After the FEED, Technip won the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract in consortium with the South Korean, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) Co. Ltd., to form the Technip Daewoo Consortium (TDC).

The EPC contract, signed on a lump sum turn key basis, includes also the installation and commissioning of the FLNG.

In addition to the EPC contract, Petronas awarded Technip the project management services contract to supervise the integration of the whole project with Daewoo.

From the  FEED work performed in Technip’s Paris Office in France, the:Petronas

Prelude

 – Detailed design of the topsides will be executed by Technip’s operating centers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Paris, France

 – Engineering of the hull and building of the FLNG facility will take place at Daewoo’s shipyard in Okpo, South Korea.

Since Asia Pacific appears as one of the most promising region for the floating LNG concept, Kuala Lumpur appears as the perfect location to develop this expertise.

In addition it helps to meet the local content requirements imposed by Petronas.

Technip is executing the Prelude FLNG project for Shell with Samsung Heavy Industries.

In teaming up with Daewoo for the Sarawak FLNG, Technip widens partnerships for the hull design and and shipyards capabilities to capture more opportunities in the future.

In the same time, Daewoo Shipbuilding is stepping up in technology from conventional floating production units (FSO, FPSO) to more complex FLNGs. 

In converting the FEED into EPC contract with Technip and Daewoo, Petronas intends to proceed on fast track for a completion targeted in 2015, as Malaysia may turn from actual exporter to a net importer of natural gas in the future in order to support its economical development.

Petronas awards the LNG compressors trains to GE

For this first floating LNG, Petronas and Technip opted for mechanical drive compressors in the LNG trains.

Compared with the electrical drive compressors, the mechanical solution imposes to shut down the compressor to maintain the driving turbines.

But the mechanical solution reduces the number of equipment on board and therefore the risks for this first FLNG.

Being the core of the whole process, Petronas selected GE to supply the gas turbine-driven compressor trains.

GE is planning to deliver these long lead items into Malaysia in August 2013.

Previously, Petronas had selected Air Products to supply the compressor expanders, the heat exchangers economizer cold boxes. 

With this additional 1.2 million t/y GE compressors capacity, Petronas’s Sarawak FLNG project, designed and constructed by Technip and Daewoo Shipbuilding, will increase Malaysia LNG production to 26.9 million t/y.

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