Angola LNG cancels tenders due to production issues

Angola LNG has canceled tenders due to production issues at the 5.2 mtpa liquefaction plant in Soyo.

“I can confirm that the Angola LNG plant experienced a pressure surge in the loading line and is currently operating at reduced rates,” an Angola LNG spokesperson told LNG Prime via email on Wednesday.

“Upcoming tenders have been withdrawn while this is being investigated,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson did not provide any additional information.

Several reports said that Angola LNG cancelled two tenders for loading in April.

Kpler data shows that Angola LNG shipped 0.95 mt of LNG, or 14 cargoes, since January, with all but one cargo delivered to Europe.

According to Kpler, France and the UK received four cargoes each, the Netherlands took two cargoes, Germany received one cargo, and Spain is due to receive one shipment on April 7.

The Angola LNG plant features one train and it shipped its first cargo in 2013.

In 2016, Chevron and its partners Sonagas, TotalEnergies, BP, and Eni completed work on the plant’s modifications and reliability enhancements, restarting production after a long shutdown due to a major rupture on a flare line.

According to Angola LNG’s website, the plant shipped more than 600 cargoes of LNG and liquids up to date.

BP and Eni formed Azule Energy last year, combining their portfolios in Angola and the JV now has a 27.2 percent share in Angola LNG.

Chevron has a 36.4 percent stake, while Sonagas and TotalEnergies own 22.8 percent and 13.5 percent in the JV, respectively.

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