Expro scores Congo LNG contract from Eni

Energy services provider Expro said it had secured a contract worth more than $300 million from Eni’s unit in Congo to build a fast-track onshore LNG pre-treatment facility.

Houston-based Expro announced the long-term production solutions contract with Eni Congo in a statement on Wednesday.

“As initially discussed on the company’s third-quarter earnings conference call on November 3, 2022, the 10-year contract is expected to generate more than $300 million of revenue for Expro,” it said.

Under the deal, Expro will design, construct, operate and maintain the fast-track onshore LNG pre-treatment facility (OPT), part of the Marine XII development offshore Congo.

The facility will be built near to the Litchendjili gas plant – which supplies gas to the adjacent Centrale Electrique du Congo (CEC) Pointe-Noire power plant – and will enable the production of LNG to significantly increase from the West Africa area, according to Expro.

Expro said the facility is designed to allow incremental gas production for low carbon electricity generation.

It will link to Eni Congo’s offshore floating LNG (FLNG) operations, supporting both the local energy market and increased global demands for LNG to support secure energy supplies.

The OPT facility is designed to process about 80 million cubic feet of gas a day, the firm said.

Two floating LNG producers

Eni aims to deploy two floating LNG producers in Congo and both initiatives are part of Eni’s Marine XII gas valorization plan.

In August last year, Eni signed a deal to buy Exmar’s Tango FLNG and expects the unit to start production in 2023.

The floating LNG producer, delivered in 2017 by China’s Wison, has a storage capacity of 16,100 cbm as well as a liquefaction capacity of up to 0.6 million tons per year.

Besides this unit, Eni ordered a 380 meters long 2.4 mtpa FLNG at Wison and work on this unit started earlier this month in China.

With the second FLNG, overall LNG production capacity on Marine XII would reach 3 million tons/year or over 4.5 billion cubic meters/year in 2025, Eni previously said.

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