SapuraKencana GE Oil & Gas Services (SKGE), a joint venture between SapuraKencana Services and GE Power Systems, has been awarded a long term service agreement by Petroliam Nasional (PETRONAS) Floating LNG1 (PFLNG) to provide maintenance services for PETRONAS’ two forthcoming floating LNG vessels. A contract exchange ceremony for the award was held in Kuala Lumpur on 24 March 2016 between PFLNG and SKGE.
Under the agreement, SKGE will provide PETRONAS with complete maintenance services for their fleet of twelve gas turbines as well as their fleet of GE compressors, generators and electric motors to be installed on their floating LNG vessels.
The PETRONAS floating LNG vessels are examples of the emerging trend in the industry for smaller, more flexible plants which allow for more efficient extraction from remote fields without the capital expenditure of a traditional LNG facility. The first of the two vessels, PFLNG SATU will be deployed on the Kanowit field offshore Sarawak. It will add approximately 1.2 MTPA of LNG production to Malaysia’s LNG exports and is another step in increasing the country’s presence in global markets.
“This is the first contract of its kind in the world for a long-term maintenance agreement on an FLNG vessel,” said Visal Leng, general manager for Asia Pacific, GE Oil & Gas. “As the industry evolves and LNG operators are looking to make the most of their investments, our proven maintenance expertise and the direct contact PETRONAS will have with our diagnostic engineers, some of whom are here in Kuala Lumpur will provide them with the support they need to operate their FLNG vessels.”
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