Mozambique: Eni’s Coral South Floating LNG Production Facility to be Operational Next Year

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  • Commercial production at the 3.4 million mt/year capacity Coral South offshore floating LNG production facility off the coast of Mozambique is on track to start as planned in 2022, according to Ernesto Tonela, Mozambique’s Energy Minister.

In a pre-recorded video address ahead of the Japan-hosted 10th LNG Producer-Consumer Conference on Oct. 5, Tonela said Mozambique was also making progress in improving the security situation in the country, which has been hit by recent militant violence.

“Commercial production remains a target for 2022. This is the very first step, but a significant step, for Mozambique to join the LNG producing countries,” Tonela said. Read more 

Coral South — which moved to final investment decision in 2017 — is based on the 450 Bcm of resources in the Coral field in Area 4 offshore Mozambique.

In 2016, Eni and its Area 4 partners signed an agreement with BP to take the entire volume of LNG to be produced by Coral South for over 20 years.

Coral Sul rendering. Credit: Eni

Tonela said the floating LNG vessel for the project was due to arrive later this year from a shipyard in South Korea. Read more

Two other major gas projects in Mozambique are on hold.  Total Energies has declared force majeure at their mega gas project in Alfungi, Cabo Delgado due to security concerns amid insergent attacks in the region while the planned ExxonMobil-led 15.2 million mt/year Rovuma LNG facility has not reached a final investment decision as yet.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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