A ‘Flotel’ is on its way to ENI’s Coral Sul Floating LNG Platform Off Mozambique North Coast

  • A floating hotel, CSS Temis, is on its way to the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, where it will accommodate workers installing a floating liquefied natural gas platform above the Coral South gas field in the Rovuma Basin. 
  • Italian energy giant ENI will start pumping liquefied natural gas (LNG) off the coast of northern Mozambique around the middle of 2022. Read more 
  • The offshore plant is expected to produce 3.4 million metric tonnes of LNG per year, all of which has been secured by British Petroleum (BP) through a long term contract.

Unlike TotalEnergie’s mega LNG project in onshore in Alfungi, Mozambique, ENI’s Coral Sul floating platform is located deep offshore the Mozambique coast in Area 4. In late March this year, dozens of people were killed during attacks on the town of Palma, prompting TotalEnergies in April to declare force majeure on work at its LNG project. Read more

The Coral-Sul FLNG, which arrived at the offshore site earlier this month, is the world’s first newly-built deepwater floating liquefaction plant. The FLNG ship will now undergo full installation and commisioning with the goal of producing LNG by the middle of the year.

This installation will be carried out by the contractor TechnipFMC whose workforce will be stationed on accommodation support vessel CSS Temis under a contract signed with Singapore’s offshore vessel provider Nortrans. According to Nortrans, the contract provides for 400 client personnel to live onboard during the project period of up to 200 days from the beginning of next month.

Currently, the ‘flotel’ CSS Temis is in the port of Cape Town in South Africa waiting permit clearance from the Mozambican authorities.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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