PETALING JAYA (Mar 25): SapuraKencana GE Oil & Gas Services Sdn Bhd (SKGE) has secured a long-term service contract to provide maintenance services for Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (PETRONAS) two forthcoming floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels.
SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd (SapKen) said SKGE would provide Petronas with complete maintenance services for its fleet of 12 gas turbines and its fleet of GE compressors, generators and electric motors to be installed on its floating LNG vessels.
“These maintenance activities will be fully executed by the joint venture’s growing pool of local qualified field service engineers and diagnostic experts,” it said.
SKGE is a joint venture between SapuraKencana Services Sdn Bhd and GE Power Systems (M) Sdn Bhd. The contract was awarded by Petronas Floating LNG1 (L) Ltd (PFLNG).
A contract exchange ceremony for the award was held in Kuala Lumpur yesterday between PFLNG and SKGE.
SapKen said the Petronas floating LNG vessels were 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 about 1.2 million tonnes per annum of LNG production to Malaysia’s LNG exports and is another step in increasing the country’s presence in global markets.
SapKen president and group CEO Tan Sri Shahril Shamsuddin said the Malaysia-based repair and maintenance centre was one of the most cost-competitive within the entire GE Oil & Gas repair network.
President and CEO of GE Oil & Gas, Lorenzo Simonelli, said this agreement was another example of how GE Oil & Gas was continuing to partner with Petronas and its commitment to providing equipment and maintenance for innovative projects around the world.
“We are proud to be able to partner with our customers and deliver improved reliability and increased periods between maintenance, thanks to our equipment and digital solutions.”
GE Oil & Gas general manager for Asia-Pacific, Visal Leng, added that this was the first contract of its kind in the world for a long-term maintenance agreement on an FLNG vessel.