Technip Energies inks LNG cooperation deal with Senegal

Paris-based LNG engineering giant Technip Energies said it has signed a deal with Senegal’s COS Petrogaz to support the African country in its LNG and gas development projects.

COS Petrogaz, Senegal’s agency for steering, coordinating and monitoring the development of oil and gas projects, and Technip Energies signed a memorandum of understanding on May 25.

Under the deal, the duo would collaborate in the fields of LNG, carbon-free energy solutions and decarbonization, in order to accelerate Senegal’s gas development and support energy transition, according to a statement by Technip Energies.

The MoU aims to develop collaboration between Technip Energies and COS Petrogaz teams, in order to carry out knowledge transfer initiatives on technologies related to water, oil and gas treatment process engineering; different types of onshore platforms and installations; and offshore gas field development concepts.

Also, the agreement will cover energy transition principles through the organization of workshops and skills transfer, and foresees Technip Energies carrying out studies as part of the overall gas development strategy defined by COS Petrogaz.

Tortue FLNG

Technip Energies is already working on the Tortue FPSO in China for BP’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim FLNG project off Mauritania and Senegal.

TechnipFMC, now split into two independent companies, won the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract worth up to $1 billion back in 2019.

The Tortue/Ahmeyim gas field, located offshore on the border between Mauritania and Senegal, has about 15 trillion cubic feet of gas, according to BP.

It will feed Golar LNG’s 2.5 mtpa Gimi FLNG that should start serving the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project under a 20-year deal next year.

Project partner Kosmos Energy recently said that the entire project had reached the 75 percent completion mark at the end of the first quarter. Other partners include Senegal’s Petrosen and Mauritania’s SMHPM.

The partners are also planning further expansions of the LNG export development.

European countries have also expressed interest to import LNG from Senegal as they look to slash reliance on Russian pipeline gas.

Recently, German chancellor Olaf Scholz said during a visit to the African country that the two countries would cooperate in LNG and gas.

LNG-to-power plans

Besides LNG exports, Senegal should this year start using LNG as fuel for its power plants as part of plans to ditch oil.

Karmol LNGT Powership Africa, owned by the joint venture consisting of Turkey’s Karpowership and Japan’s MOl, arrived in Dakar in June last year to start serving the country’s first LNG-to-power project.

The start of operations has been delayed due to the high spot LNG prices, according to GIIGNL.

GAS Entec, a unit of AG&P, recently said it had completed what it says is the world’s first operating modular floating storage and regasification unit (M-FSRU) for Karmol.

The converted FSRU will supply LNG to Karpowership’s 235 MW Karadeniz Powership Aysegul Sultan located alongside the shores of Dakar.

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