Total officially launches Laggan-Tormore project

KUALA LUMPUR, May 16 (Bernama) -- PETRONAS’ first floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility, PFLNG SATU has set sail to the Kanowit gas field, offshore Sarawak, making its historic 2,120 nautical mile journey to Malaysia on 14 May 2016. At 365-metre-long and with a dry weight of 132,000 tonnes, PFLNG SATU was towed from the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea for the offshore phase of the project. The PFLNG SATU will proceed with the installation, hook-up and commissioning of the floating facility once moored at the Kanowit gas field, 180 kilometres offshore Sarawak. PETRONAS’ Advisor of Global LNG Project – Project Delivery and Technology, Datuk Abdullah Karim said the sail away of the floating LNG facility marked a significant milestone in PETRONAS’ bold decision to deliver a game changer in the global LNG business as it paves the way for opportunities to monetise the greater availability of stranded gas reserves. “The sail away of PFLNG SATU is an achievement everyone in PETRONAS, DSME and Technip can be proud of. Congratulations and I look forward to the next phase of the project at the Kanowit gas field for the successful startup of PFLNG SATU,” added Datuk Abdullah Karim. Construction began with the official steel cutting in June 2013 followed by the launching of the hull on April 2014. In the fourth quarter of 2015, PETRONAS announced that PFLNG SATU had achieved a 95 per cent overall progress in its construction with the successful installation of 22 modular systems within and on the topside of the floating facility. PETRONAS’ President and CEO of Pacific NorthWest LNG, En. Adnan Zainal Abidin said that a total of 18 million man-hours has been clocked to achieve the technological and engineering aspirations of a floating LNG facility. “Our gratitude to the hard work and dedication of the PETRONAS project team and our partners for achieving this milestone. We wish the team success in the offshore phase of the project,” said Adnan. Designed for water-depths between 70 metres to 200 metres deep and a processing capacity of 1.2 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) with 145 crew onboard, PFLNG SATU will support PETRONAS’ global LNG portfolio and enhance its reputation as a preferred and reliable LNG supplier.

French energy behemoth Total has officially inaugurated the Laggan-Tormore project in the Shetland Islands, UK.

The inauguration ceremony was held on Monday, at the Shetland Gas Plant in the presence of government and industry partners including Amber Rudd MP, the UK Government Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total.

The Laggan-Tormore offshore fields began production on February 7, 2016, and production has since ramped up to the full production capacity of 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, according to Total.

Vote of confidence

UK Government Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd said that “This vote of confidence” in the offshore oil and gas industry is “great news for the Shetland Islands and for the UK as a whole.”

She said the project is creating jobs and providing secure, affordable energy to the UK’s families and businesses for decades to come.

“North Sea oil and gas is crucial to our energy mix and this Government is clear that the broad shoulders of the UK are firmly behind this vital industry and the thousands of workers and families it supports. We are 100% committed to helping our oil and gas industry attract investment, unlock new potential and remain competitive for the future,” Rudd added.

French commitment to UK

The Laggan-Tormore fields are located west of the Shetland Islands in 600 meters of water. The development consists of a 140-kilometer tie-back of four subsea wells to the new onshore Shetland Gas Plant which has a capacity of 500 million standard cubic feet per day. Following treatment at the gas plant, the processed gas is exported to the mainland. Total operates Laggan-Tormore, Edradour and Glenlivet with a 60% interest alongside partners DONG E&P (UK) Limited (20%) and SSE E&P UK Limited (20%).

Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total said: “The Laggan-Tormore development demonstrates Total’s continued commitment to the United Kingdom. By opening up its third production hub in the frontier deep offshore waters of the West of Shetland, Total is also improving the United Kingdom’s long-term energy security. This subsea-to-shore development is the first of its kind in the country and will provide the domestic market with 8% of its daily gas requirements while enabling the potential for further developments in the West of Shetland area.”

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