Eni’s Mozambique FLNG hits production milestone

US-based Air Products said its dual mixed refrigerant LNG process technology and equipment, which has been deployed at Eni’s Coral Sul (South) FLNG in Mozambique, has passed its performance test achieving LNG production above 3.4 million tons per year.

Air Products claims AP-DMR’s process efficiency combined with the use of aeroderivative machinery translates to a lower carbon intensity than all other LNG processes in floating service.

The company’s involvement with this FLNG project started in 2013 with conceptual work, resulting in the selection of the AP-DMR LNG process technology and equipment.

This included the supply of two proprietary coil-wound main cryogenic heat exchangers (CWHEs), one for precooling and one for liquefaction within the facility.

The CWHEs for the Coral South project were fabricated at Air Products’ LNG equipment manufacturing facility in Port Manatee, Florida.

Additionally, Air Products provided expert, technical advisory services for the installation, commissioning, start-up, and performance testing, it said.

Second FLNG

Back in November 2022, the Coral Sul FLNG shipped its first cargo of LNG, adding Mozambique to the LNG producing countries.

The TJS consortium, consisting of Technip Energies, JGC, and Samsung Heavy, built the unit for Eni, the first floating LNG facility ever to be deployed in the deep waters of the African continent.

Italy’s Eni discovered Coral back in May 2012 and it operates the Area 4 along its partners ExxonMobil, CNPC, GALP, Kogas, as well as ENH.

In addition to this unit, the partners are now working on the second FLNG project offshore Mozambique, called Coral Norte (Coral North).

Coral Norte would be a replica of Coral South.

Earlier this year, the chief of LNG engineering giant Technip Energies, Arnaud Pieton, said that Eni’s second floating LNG production project in Mozambique has “potential” for a final investment decision in 2024.

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