Malaysian energy giant Petronas’ unit, Petronas LNG, formed a partnership with Pengeran LNG to provide gassing up and cooling down (GUCD) services at the Pengerang LNG terminal.
The terminal is owned by Pengerang LNG (Two), which is a joint venture between Petronas Gas, Dialog LNG and Permodalan Darul Ta’zim.
The recent completion of the GUCD for Petronas’ vessel Puteri Zamrud Satu marks a significant milestone for gassing up and cooling services at the facility. The GUCD took place after Puteri Zamrud Satu’s departure from the Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering (MMHE) dry dock in Pasir Gudang, Johor.
This GUCD operation signifies the first of many potential use of the services at the facility by other LNG vessel operators and owners due to its location along the Straits of Johor.
GUCD is a specialized service to displace the inert gas from the LNG vessel’s storage tanks and it is cooled down to cryogenic temperature (minus 160 degrees Celsius). This process is required for LNG vessels, typically post dry dock, before the vessel’s next LNG cargo loading.
Petronas LNG also signed a Marine Services Agreement with Johor Port Berhad (JPB) for the provision of marine services. The collaborative effort with JPB and Johor Port Authority (JPA) will encourage more vessel operators and owners to utilize the services at terminal due to its close proximity to shipyards in Malaysia and Singapore.
Pengerang LNG is Malaysia’s second LNG regasification terminal after regasification terminal Sungai Udang (RGTSU), built primarily to serve the refinery and petrochemical customers at the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC).
The facility features two LNG storage tanks with a total capacity of 400,000 cubic meters.