Coral Sul FLNG, build in South Korea by Samsung and set to initiate natural gas production in Mozambique´s offshore in mid-2022, has entered the African country´s waters.
After more than 45 days at sea, the 432 meters long and 66 meters wide unit was on Friday located offshore Mauritius, according to its AIS data provided by VesselsValue, and it should arrive at its operating site in the Rovuma basin offshore Mozambique around January 5, the data shows.
The TJS consortium, consisting of Technip Energies, JGC Corp, and Samsung, built the unit for Eni, the first floating LNG facility ever to be deployed in the deep waters of the African continent.
Italy’s Eni plans to launch production in the second half of 2022. Also, BP will buy all of the LNG produced at the unit as part of a long-term deal.
Eni Rovuma Basin operates the Coral Sul (South) project on behalf of the Area 4 partners.
These include Mozambique Rovuma Venture, a firm owned by Eni, ExxonMobil and China´s CNPC, Galp, Kogas and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos.
According to LNG Prime, ALP Maritime’s vessels ALP Sweeper, ALP Keeper, and ALP Striker are towing the FLNG to Mozambique.
Following arrival offshore Mozambique, the installation campaign will begin, including mooring and hook-up operations at a water depth of around 2,000 meters.
The FLNG will receive fuel from the Coral gas field in the Area 4 of the Rovuma Basin. Italy energy giant Eni discovered Coral back in May 2012 while the field has about 16 Tcf of gas in place.