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PETRONAS offers commercial gassing up and cooling down services in Malaysia

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Through its subsidiary, PETRONAS LNG Ltd (PLL), PETRONAS now offers commercial gassing up and cooling down (GUCD) services at the LNG Regasification Terminal Pengerang (RGTP), Malaysia.

The terminal is owned by Pengerang LNG (Two) Sdn Bhd (PLNG2), which is a joint venture between PETRONAS Gas Berhad, Dialog LNG Sdn Bhd and Permodalan Darul Ta’zim Sdn Bhd.

The recent completion of the GUCD for PETRONAS vessel Puteri Zamrud Satu marks a significant milestone for GUCD at the RGTP. 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 utilisations of GUCD services at the RGTP by other LNG vessel operators and owners due to its strategic location along the Straits of Johor.

GUCD is a specialised service to displace the inert gas from the LNG vessel’s storage tanks and it is cooled down to cryogenic temperature (-160°C). This process is required for LNG vessels, typically post dry dock, before the vessel’s next LNG cargo loading.

PLL CEO Ezhar Yazid Jaafar said: “The GUCD services at RGTP solidifies PETRONAS’ position as a progressive LNG solutions partner, offering flexible and diversified solutions to cater to the needs of our growing customers’ requirements.”

PLL also signed a Marine Services Agreement with Johor Port Berhad (JPB) for the provision of marine services, which include offering attractive tariff to LNG vessels utilising GUCD services from PLL at RGTP. The collaborative effort with JPB and Johor Port Authority (JPA) will encourage more vessel operators and owners to utilise the services at RGTP due to its close proximity to shipyards in Malaysia and Singapore.

RGTP 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). RGTP features two LNG storage tanks with a total capacity of 400 000 m3.

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