- French oil company Total will set up the offshore operations base for the northern Mozambique gas megaproject in Pemba, the provincial capital of Cabo Delgado, the company announced yesterday.
- Technip FMC – the main offshore contractor for the project – will share the facilities of the logistics base of Total and the port of Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM).
- In addition to Pemba, the Mozambique LNG project “is analysing options to undertake some offshore support operations in the region to optimise part of its logistics and planning chain, including in Mayotte, through the use of existing infrastructure”.
Mayotte is a French Indian Ocean archipelago located in the north of the Mozambique Channel, about 500 kilometres off the coast of Cabo Delgado.
The megaproject of Area 1 will have offshore operations which includes 18 natural gas wells which will connect via a 40 km pipeline to the liquefaction plant currently under construction in Afungi.
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Technip FMC leads the consortium in the engineering design, procurement, production and installation of the components to be installed at sea.
Total has reaffirmed the commitment of the Mozambique LNG project to “achieve its local content objectives”, namely the “ambitious plan” to award “US$2.5 billion [about €2 billion]in contracts to companies owned by Mozambicans or registered in Mozambique”. Read more
Expected to cost around €20 billion, Total’s gas extraction megaproject is the largest private investment in Africa, supported by several international financial institutions, and foresees the construction of industrial units and a new city between Palma and the Afungi peninsula in Cabo Delgado. Read more
The first export of liquefied gas is planned for 2024.
Total said it was still on schedule despite the insecurity problems in the region which led the company to reduce its staff on the construction site for a month. Read more
Author: Bryan Groenendaal