KUALA LUMPUR: The Linde Group, a world-leading gas and engineering company, has clinched a contract to build a mid-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Sarawak.
The contract was secured after a highly competitive bidding held by Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd, a production subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), Linde said.
While not disclosing the value of the contract, Linde Group clean technology communications manager Stefan Metz said the construction site preparation will begin at the end of this year.
This is expected to take some 18 months to complete, and will be followed by commissioning and start-up. The new plant is expected to go onstream by end of 2014.
“The award of the LNG plant at the Bintulu complex, one of the largest and first LNG sites in the world, is an important reference project for Linde engineering, which is a technology oriented engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, with a larger portfolio of proprietary gas processing and equipment.
“It clearly illustrates Linde’s ambition to grow its LNG EPC business with Petronas and other world-class oil and gas majors in Asia and around the world,” he said in reply to a Business Times query.
In its statement, Linde Group said the new boil-off gas re-liquefication facility has a maximum design capacity of 1,840 tonnes of liquefied natural gas per day that will be located in the Petronas’ LNG complex in Bintulu.
The project is the latest in a series of mid-scale LNG projects for Linde.
“We came off as winners in a highly competitive bidding process, reaffirming our design and engineering expertise and cost competitiveness in the growing natural gas liquefication market,” Professor Dr Aldo Belloni, a member of the executive board of Linde AG said.
Linde’s engineering division will perform detail engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the plant.