South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries has lifted the first topside module onboard the Coral Sul FLNG that will be used for a project offshore Mozambique.
With the lifting of the power generation module, the FLNG project led by Italy’s Eni marks the beginning of the integration between the hull and the topside, according to a Coral FLNG statement on Tuesday.
Samsung Heavy is also building the hull and the shipyard launched it in the beginning of January.
The massive topside includes 12 process modules weighing around 70,000 tons.
“The on-time achievement of such a significant milestone is even more relevant now considering the ongoing challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement said.
“The construction of the FLNG facility is progressing well aiming towards the commencement of production in 2022,” it said.
432 metres long and 66 metres wide
The FLNG unit is part of the Coral South project. The development will produce 450 bcm of gas from the giant Coral reservoir in the Area 4 block offshore Mozambique.
Mozambique Rovuma venture, consisting of Eni, ExxonMobil and CNPC, is the operator of Area 4.
The venture holds a 70 percent stake in the Area 4 exploration and production concession contract.
In addition, Galp, Kogas and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos each hold a 10 percent interest in Area 4.
Eni is leading the construction and operation of the FLNG unit on behalf of the partnership.
The FLNG facility will have a liquefaction capacity of 3.4 million tonnes per year.
The unit will be 432 metres long and 66 metres wide and weigh about 220,000 tons.
Furthermore, it will be able to house up to 350 people in its eight-storey accommodation module.
Construction works on the Coral Sul FLNG started in 2018 and are ongoing in seven operational centres across the world.