Eni’s Congo FLNG ships new cargo

Italy’s Eni has shipped a new liquefied natural gas cargo produced at its Tango floating LNG facility moored in Congolese waters, according to shipping data.

The 2010-built 155,000-cbm LNG carrier, GasLog Savannah, left Pointe Noire last week and was on Monday heading towards Europe, its AIS data provided by VesselsValue shows.

The vessel appears to be on its way to Barcelona where it is expected to arrive on June 11, the data shows.

GasLog Savannah also picked up in early March the first LNG cargo produced at the Tango FLNG in the Republic of Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville.

The vessel delivered this shipment about a month later to Snam’s Piombino FSRU-based terminal in Italy.

Prior to heading to Congo, GasLog Savannah visited the Enagas-owned El Musel LNG terminal where it reloaded a partial cargo, the data shows.

Two FLNGs

Eni introduced the first gas in December 2023 into its Tango FLNG facility. Prior to that, the unit arrived in Congo from Dubai.

The Italian firm purchased the 144 meters long Tango FLNG from Belgium’s Exmar and it also chartered the 2002-built 138,000-cbm steam turbine LNG carrier, Excalibur, to serve as an FSU for the project.

Moreover, the floating LNG producer, delivered in 2017 by China’s Wison, has a liquefaction capacity of about 1 billion cubic meters per year of gas, or 0.6 mtpa, and a storage capacity of 16,100 cbm.

Eni said the FLNG project, situated within the Marine XII permit, will achieve a plateau gas liquefaction capacity of about 4.5 billion cubic meters per annum.

Also, a second FLNG vessel with a capacity of about 3.5 bcm per year of gas, or 2.4 mtpa, is under construction in China and is expected to begin production in 2025.

Wison Offshore & Marine won a contract from Eni in December 2022 to build the 380 meters long FLNG. The unit will be able to store over 180,000 cubic meters of LNG.

The Chinese shipbuilder recently completed the installation of all four SPB LNG tanks and two LPG tanks on this FLNG.

The volumes produced from the FLNG project will be marketed by Eni, strengthening and expanding the company’s LNG portfolio.

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