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TotalEnergies launches Marsa LNG project

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Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies, and Mr Mulham Basheer Al Jarf, Chairman of OQ, the Oman National Oil Company, have announced the final investment decision (FID) of the Marsa LNG project.

TotalEnergies had signed a sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with Oman LNG to offtake 0.8 million tpy of LNG for 10 years from 2025, making the company one of the main offtakers of Oman LNG's production.

TotalEnergies (49%) and OQ Alternative Energy (51%), the national renewable energy champion, have also confirmed being at an advanced stage of discussions to jointly develop a portfolio of up to 800 MW, including the 300 MWp solar project that will supply Marsa LNG.

The Marsa LNG project is an integrated complex developed by TotalEnergies (80%) and OQ (20%). The integrated project will combine upstream gas production, downstream gas liquefaction and renewable power generation.

The Marsa LNG plant will be 100% electrically driven and supplied with solar power, positioning the site as one of the lowest greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity LNG plants ever built worldwide, with a GHG intensity below 3 kg CO2e/boe.

The main engineering, procurement and construction contracts have been awarded to Technip Energies for the LNG plant and to CB&I for the 165 000 m3 LNG tank.

Arnaud Pieton, CEO of Technip Energies, commented: “The world’s net-zero trajectory will require LNG as a critical source of energy, while addressing emissions abatement. TotalEnergies and OQ’s progressive Marsa LNG project is an example of how we can decarbonise the LNG value chain by powering its production with renewable energy and using it as a marine fuel to reduce emissions linked to maritime transportation. By leveraging our innovation and global leadership in LNG infrastructure design and delivery, we are proud to support TotalEnergies and the Sultanate of Oman in providing reliable, affordable and sustainable energy to the world.”

In a statement, TotalEnergies said that the Marsa LNG project will generate long-term employment opportunities and significant socio-economic benefits for the city of Sohar and the region.

The ambition of the Marsa LNG project is to serve as the first LNG bunkering hub in the Middle East, showcasing an available and competitive alternative marine fuel to reduce the shipping industry's emissions.

“We are proud to open a new chapter in our history in the Sultanate of Oman with the launch of the Marsa LNG project, together with our partner OQ, demonstrating our long-term commitment to the country. We are especially pleased to deploy the two pillars of our transition strategy, LNG and renewables, and thus support the Sultanate on a new scale in the sustainable development of its energy resources”, said Patrick Pouyanné. “This very innovative project illustrates our pioneer spirit and showcases the relevance of our integrated multi-energy strategy, with the ambition of being a responsible player in the energy transition. By paving the way for the next generation of very low emission LNG plants, Marsa LNG is contributing to making gas a long-term transition energy.”

Read the article online at: https://www.hydrocarbonengineering.com/gas-processing/22042024/totalenergies-launches-marsa-lng-project/

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