Eni and the Area 4 partners have announced the launch of the hull of the Coral Sul FLNG treatment and liquefaction facility in Geoje, South Korea. The FLNG is part of the Coral South project that will put in production 450 billion m3 of gas of the Coral reservoir, offshore Mozambique. The launch marks the timely progress of the project, which exceeds 60% completion and is in line with production start-up by 2022.
The hull is 432 m long, 66 m wide and weighs approximately 14 000 t. Its eight-storey accommodation module, which will house up to 350 people, is also ready to be lifted and integrated with the hull system. Fabrication activities are also well underway for the 12 gas treatment and LNG modules, with all main equipment ready for integration and first deck stacking executed.
With a gas liquefaction capacity of 3.4 million tpy, the Coral Sul FLNG will be the first FLNG ever deployed in deep waters, at water depth of approximately 2000 m, and the first purpose-build FLNG in Africa. Drilling and completion activities for the six subsea wells that will feed the liquefaction unit are ongoing offshore Mozambique.
Adriano Mongini, Eni’s EVP, East Africa Region, said that “the Coral Sul FLNG hull launching is an outstanding milestone which has been possible thanks to the commitment of Eni, its Area 4 partners, contractors and Mozambican authorities. We share the belief that Coral South is a pioneering project that will trigger further developments and new investments”.
Carlos Zacarias, Chairman of the Mozambican Institute of Petroleum (INP), representing the Government of Mozambique, commented that “We believe that at this rate we will in fact have, by 2022, the production, liquefaction and export of the first LNG cargo gas from the Coral FLNG Project, and from Mozambique, consequently making the expected transformations in job creation, development of local business and incomes from LNG sale of the first gas liquefaction project in the country, benefiting the Mozambican state and people over the duration of the project”.
Coral South is the first LNG project in Mozambique. It includes initiatives aimed at enhancing the overall capabilities of the local workforce and supply chain, as well as to develop local SMEs. Direct training and recruitment activities for more than 800 Mozambicans are under implementation in Mozambique, South Korea, and Italy, while vocational training opportunities and local content plan initiatives for further 1000 resources are being carried out by Coral South contractors.
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