Petronas completes first LNG bunkering in Sabah

Thursday, 21 October 2021
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Oil and gas firm Petronas has conducted its first LNG bunkering operation on the island of Borneo, refuelling via its dedicated LNG bunker vessel, Avenir Advantage.

The bunker operation was completed by the firm’s subsidiary Petronas Marine and involved refuelling the world’s largest LNG-powered vessel, the HL Green. Bunkering was carried out 12 nautical miles from Sandakan Port in Sabah, the Malaysian-controlled sector of the island.

“Along with our previous operations at Port Klang in Selangor and Sungai Udang Port in Melaka, this latest effort signifies a major step towards developing Malaysia as an LNG bunkering hub,” Emry Mohd Tamrin, head of Petronas Marine, said.

Ideal location

Located at the intersection of maritime trade route between Australia and Asia, Sandakan Port is expected to develop as a strategic hub for LNG fuelling, according to Petronas.

Tamrin predicts that demand growth from manufacturing industries in Japan, South Korea and China will make it ‘an ideal location’ for Petronas to provide LNG bunkering going forward. He adds that this aligns closely with the group’s efforts to drive greater use of LNG as a cleaner and economically competitive source of energy in the marine industry.

“It also further solidifies PETRONAS Marine’s presence as a one-stop marine solutions partner providing cost-competitive cleaner fuels and reliable services to meet the energy demands of its customers sustainably,” Tamarin states.

Collaborative effort

Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Petronas is one of the largest state-owned firms in Malaysia and ranked among the largest corporations in the world. The firm employs around 50,000 staff globally with a wide range of assets across the energy sector.

The Avenir Advantage is the firm’s first dedicated LNG bunker vessel and is designed to serve customers in Sabah and mainland Malaysia. The ship features capacity for 7,500 cubic metres of LNG.

Bunkering at Sandakan was an internal collaborative effort between Petronas Marine and sister subsidiaries Petronas Energy & Gas Trading and Petronas Dagangan as well as terminal operator Sabah Ports. 

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