Italian oil and gas company Eni has launched the hull of the Coral Sul Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) treatment and liquefaction facility for a project offshore Mozambique at a shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.
The FLNG unit is part of the Coral South (Coral Sul) project, located in the exploration concession of Area 4 in the Rovuma basin, which will put in production 450 billion cubic meters of gas from the giant Coral reservoir, offshore Mozambique. The production startup for the Coral South Project is planned in 2022.
Eni said on Tuesday that the launch marked the timely progress of the project, which exceeds 60% completion and is in line with production start up by 2022.
The hull is 432 meters long, 66 meters wide and weighs approximately 140,000 tons. Its eight-storey accommodation module, which will house up to 350 people, is also ready to be lifted and integrated with the hull system. Fabrication activities are also well underway for the 12 gas treatment and LNG modules, with all main equipment ready for integration and first deck stacking executed.
With a gas liquefaction capacity of 3.4 million tons per year (MTPA), the Coral Sul FLNG will be the first FLNG ever deployed in deep waters, at water depth of approximately 2,000 meters, and the first purpose-build FLNG in Africa, Eni said.
Drilling and completion activities for the six subsea wells that will feed the liquefaction unit are ongoing offshore Mozambique.
Adriano Mongini, Eni’s EVP, West Africa Region, said: “The Coral Sul FLNG hull launching is an outstanding milestone which has been possible thanks to the commitment of Eni, its Area 4 partners, contractors and Mozambican authorities. We share the belief that Coral South is a pioneering project that will trigger further developments and new investments”.
Carlos Zacarias, Chairman of the Mozambican Institute of Petroleum (INP), representing the Government of Mozambique, commented: “We believe that at this rate we will in fact have, by 2022, the production, liquefaction and export of the first LNG cargo gas from the Coral FLNG Project, and from Mozambique, consequently making the expected transformations in job creation, development of local business and incomes from LNG sale of the first gas liquefaction project in the country, benefiting the Mozambican state and people over the duration of the project”.
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