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Eni begins work on Mozambique floating LNG unit

22 luglio 2019 | 15.20
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Eni has started work on the hull of the Coral Sul floating liquefied natural gas treatment and liquefaction unit that will be moored offshore in Mozambique and should launch in 2020, the Italian energy giant said in a statement on Monday.

The unit is part of the Coral South project, which will put in production 450 billion cubic meters of gas from the giant Coral reservoir. The hull's launch is planned ahead of the Coral South Project's 2022 production startup, according to the statement.

The Coral Sul facility will have a gas liquefaction capacity of 3.4 million tons per year when completed and will be the first FLNG vessel ever to be deployed in the deep waters of the African continent, said the statement.

The vessel, which will be 432 metres long and 66 metres wide and weigh about 220,000 tons, will be able to house up to 350 people in its eight-storey accommodation module. The facility will be anchored at a water-depth of around 2,000 metres by means of 20 mooring lines that weigh a combined 9,000 tons, the statement said.

Drilling and completion activities for the six subsea wells that will feed the liquefaction unit will begin in September. The wells will have an average depth of approximately 3,000 metres and will be drilled in about 2,000 metres of water depth. The activities, carried out by the SAIPEM 12,000 drilling rig, will be completed by the end of next year.

The Coral South project also involves training programmes for over 800 Mozambicans, who will eventually be employed during its operational phase, the statement noted.

"Eni is also engaged in a broad programme of social, economic and health care initiatives, to support a long-term, diversified and sustainable development of the local communities," it said.

Eni has operated in Mozambique since 2006, with the acquisition of a participation interest in the exploration concession of Area 4, located in the deep offshore in the Rovuma basin, in the north of the country.

Between 2011 and 2014, Eni discovered supergiant natural gas resources in Mozambique's Coral, Mamba Complex and Agulha reservoirs, holding estimated 2,400 billion cubic metres of gas in place.

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