China´s CNPC and its partners are set to start liquefied natural gas (LNG) production in Mozambique in October, the Mozambican government announced.
“In October of this year we will start to have the first results in terms of production”, said Filimão Suaze, spokesman for the Council of Ministers.
Production of LNG in the Rovuma basin will start through the Coral Sul floating platform, off-shore Cabo Delgado.
The same source also highlighted the fact that the training of Mozambicans on board the infrastructure is planned. “There is a deep ‘know-how’ that remains with the Mozambicans and over the foreseen 25 years” of the platform’s lifetime (in a first phase).
The Coral Sul gas extraction and liquefaction platform is the first in deep water and the first project of its kind developed in Africa.
Production (3.4 million tons of natural gas per year) will be carried out within Mozambique’s Exploration Area 4 and will all be sold to the oil company BP for 20 years, with an option to extend it for another 10 years.
The platform has storage tanks on the hull and 13 modules on top, including a liquefaction plant, an eight-story module that can accommodate 350 people and a helicopter runway.
Area 4 is operated by Mozambique Rovuma Venture (MRV), a joint venture of ExxonMobil, Eni and CNPC (China), which holds a 70% participating interest in the concession contract.
Galp, KOGAS (South Korea) and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (Mozambique) each hold 10% stakes.