By Jorge Joaquim
The LNG platform built for use in the Coral South natural gas field in Area 4 of the Rovuma Basin, offshore Cabo Delgado, has reached Mozambican waters.
According to Mozambique’s National Petroleum Institute (INP), a certification process for the helipad is underway to allow helicopters to airlift working and support staff onto the platform.
Built in Geoje, South Korea, the infrastructure will be connected to six wells and extract the natural gas to an onboard liquefaction plant. The platform’s eight-story module will house up to 350 people.
According to a statement from the INP, production of LNG is set to begin in mid-2022.
Construction of the Coral-Sul FLNG hull and topside modules started in September 2019.The hull was launched in January 2020 and this was followed by the lifting of the first topside module in May 2020.
The Coral-Sul FLNG is the world’s first newly-built deepwater floating liquefaction plant.
With a capacity of 3.4 million tons of liquefied gas per year, it will be located offshore Mozambique and put in production the considerable resources of the Coral gas field in the Area 4 of the Rovuma Basin.
The Coral South Project is the pioneering project operated by Eni Rovuma Basin on behalf of the Area 4 partners, namely Mozambique Rovuma Venture (MRV, an incorporated joint venture owned by Eni, ExxonMobil and CNPC), Galp, KOGAS and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos E.P.
It is based on six ultra-deepwater wells in the Coral Field, at a water depth of around 2,000 meters, which has approximately 16 trillion cubic feet of gas in place and was discovered by Eni in May 2012.