Petronas bunkers LNG off Sabah for first time
Malaysian energy company Petronas held its first LNG bunkering operation off the northern coastal state of Sabah, the company announced October 7.
Bunkering off Sabah was carried out by the MV Avenir Advantage through the marine brand of the Malaysian company. The HL Green, the world’s largest LNG-powered vessel, was filled about 20 km from the port of Sandakan on Malaysia’s north coast.
“The Sandakan Port is strategically positioned at the international maritime trade route between Australia and Asia’s leading manufacturing hubs such as Japan, South Korea and China, making it an ideal location for Petronas to provide LNG bunkering to the trading vessels plying this route,” the company said.
Petronas just last week announced the delivery of the 50th LNG cargo from its first floating LNG facility, PFLNG Satu. The milestone cargo was loaded on September 25 onto the Seri Cemara LNG carrier for shipment to Taiwan.
The Avenir Advantage, meanwhile, is the company’s first dedicated bunkering vessel catering to the Southeast Asian market. It has a carrying capacity of 7,500 m3 of gas in liquid form.
Emry Mohd Tamrin, the head of the marine division at Petronas, said the bunkering off Sabah showed the company is a “one-stop marine solutions partner providing cost-competitive cleaner fuels and reliable services to meet the energy demands of its customers sustainably.”