Leaders of PetroVietnam and Petronas sign the agreement in Ho Chi Minh City on March 15 (Photo: petrovietnam.petrotimes.vn)


Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) and Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) have signed a Head of Agreement (HOA) for the sale and purchase of additional gas to Ca Mau area.

The deal, signed in Ho Chi Minh City on March 15, demonstrated the fruitful partnership between the two State-own oil and gas corporations, and provided an important prerequisite for the two sides to reach a full agreement on the purchase of gas to serve the operation of the Ca Mau gas-power-fertiliser complex.

The Ca Mau Gas-Power-Fertiliser Complex, inaugurated in October 2012, is jointly operated by the PetroVietnam Gas JSC (PV Gas), the PetroVietnam Power Corporation, and the PetroVietnam Ca Mau Fertiliser JSC.

It comprises three projects covering more than 200ha in the Khanh An commune of U Minh district, the southernmost province of Ca Mau.

The first project is the PM3-Ca Mau gas pipeline carrying gas from the PM3-CAA gas well (in the overlapping area between Vietnam and Malaysia in the Gulf of Thailand) and Block 46-Cai Nuoc (off the coast of Vietnam) to the complex to produce electricity and fertiliser.

The other projects are the Ca Mau No. 1 and 2 gas power plants with a combined capacity of 1,500MW, and the Ca Mau fertiliser plant with the designed output of 800,000 tonnes per year.

A report at the meeting, which reviewed the coordination in operating the complex, said that the PM3-Ca Mau pipeline, put into use by PV Gas in 2007, has supplied about 2 billion cubic metres of gas each year. The two gas power plants have generated over 7 percent of the electricity output nationwide. Meanwhile, 40 percent of total urea output in Vietnam is produced by the fertiliser factory of the complex.

A gas processing plant has also been unveiled in the complex this year. In the first six months of 2018, it manufactured nearly 79,000 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas and over 3,600 tonnes of condensate, up 42 percent and 15 percent from the planned figures, respectively.-VNA