Renowned Malaysian oil & gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) has reportedly announced that it has successfully completed its first commercial gassing up & cooling down (GUCD) at the Bintulu Port LNG terminal.
Reports cite, the Kuala Lumpur-based company completed the GUCD project through one of its subsidiaries Petronas LNG Limited (PLL). The project is a specialized service that brings LNG carriers’ storage tanks after dry docking to bring it to a natural environment and cool it off to cryogenic temperatures (-160◦ Celsius) before loading the next cargo.
According to a report by the Malay Mail, the vessel known as Singapore Energy – that is currently moored at the Bintulu Liquefied Natural Gas terminal – successfully completed the cooling-down operation without any hassles in approximately 11 hours after it arrived from Linggi.
Reportedly, the GUCD services’ success puts the Bintulu LNG facility in a unique position, making it one of the few leading LNG hubs in the world that is capable of providing this facility. Moreover, the attractive rates at which the services are being offered to LNG vessel owners and operators by the Bintulu Port, further reinforce the port’s premium position.
The Vice Precedent of LNG Marketing and Trading at Petronas, Ahmad Adly Alias stated that a strategic partnership between Petronas and Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd (BPSB) – a Bintulu Port Authority (BPA) and Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd (BPHP) subsidiary – would be significantly enhancing the company’s service portfolio with regards to the integrated LNG value chain.
Alias further added that following a strategic agreement that was signed by PLL and BPSB last year, the company intensified its efforts in gathering vessel owners’ and operators’ interests to subscribe to this service at the Bintulu Port. The inviting service rates offered by the BPSB will draw in more owners and operators of LNG vessels to the Bintulu LNG terminal.
According to reports, the LNG for the company’s gassing up services would be sourced from the firm’s LNG Complex in Bintulu.