LNG loadings normal after fire at Bintulu complex

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SINGAPORE: Loadings of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Bintulu export plant are normal after a fire broke out at the complex late last week, three industry sources said on Tuesday.

A fire broke out on the morning of Feb 22 at a “sea cooling water outfall channel” that lies outside of plant process area at the LNG complex, Petronas said in a statement on Saturday.

The fire was put out within an hour and no one was injured, said Petronas, which operates the Bintulu plant.

LNG loadings were briefly disrupted during the investigation of the fire but have now resumed, one of the sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The state-owned company has been buying spot LNG cargoes, although this could be for a trading purpose and not necessarily due to plant issues, the source said.

Petronas declined to comment on the loading disruption. The incident is still under investigation and the company will keep members of the media updated, the company said.

This follows minor glitches at the plant earlier this month that has since been resolved.

LNG exports from Malaysia are set to fall by almost 25% this month compared with January, shipping data from Refinitiv Eikon showed, though the data is not yet complete.