Floating LNG Facility in the Works Offshore East Africa

An illustration of a Technip-designed FLNG facility. Image: Technip
An illustration of a Technip-designed FLNG facility. Image: Technip

More than enough natural gas has been discovered offshore the east African countries of Mozambique and Tanzania recently to make a business case for development. Italian energy major ENI estimates there could be upwards 85 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in place in Area 4 offshore Mozambique; an area which they, and other energy majors, have seen significant discoveries.

To bring this resource to market, ENI has announced this week plans to install a Floating LNG (FLNG) production facility at their Coral South Development, located in the Rovuma Basin straddling Mozambique’s Northern border with Tanzania. Coral South is located approximately 30 miles from the Mozambique coast in waters over 7,000 feet deep.

A consortium between KBR and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering has been awarded an exclusive Front End Engineering Design (FEED) contract to begin the design work on this new facility.

The KD Consortium, as it is called, will provide the FEED for the topsides, hull and associated subsea systems. KBR will handle the topsides and turret design while the naval architects and marine engineers at DSME are engineering the hull and marine systems from Seoul.

The FLNG facility will be a turret moored double-hull floating vessel, on which gas receiving, processing, liquefaction, and offloading facilities will be mounted together with LNG and condensate storage.

DSME is currently building an FLNG facility for Petronas in conjunction with Technip. Due for installation in 2015, it will have a capacity of 1.2 mtpa and be 365 meters in length, 60 meters wide and 33 meters in height.