MAPUTO, Mozambique – Thirteen topsides modules have been installed on the hull of the Coral-Sul FLNG vessel at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea, according to Eni.
The 70,000-ton topsides were lifted onto the hull one module at a time. This marks the end of the onshore-modules fabrication campaign configuring the entire gas treatment and liquefaction plant.
Integration and commissioning activities continue, the company said. Sail-away is expected in 2021.
Construction of the Coral-Sul FLNG hull and topsides modules started in September 2019.The hull was launched in January 2020, and the first topsides module was installed in May 2020.
According to Eni, the Coral-Sul FLNG is the world’s first newly-built deepwater floating liquefaction plant. With a capacity of 3.4 million tons of liquefied gas per year, it will operate at the Coral gas field in Area 4 of the Rovuma basin offshore Mozambique. Production is expected to start in 2022.
The Coral South project is operated by Eni Rovuma Basin on behalf of the Area 4 partners, namely Mozambique Rovuma Venture (an incorporated joint venture owned by Eni, ExxonMobil, and CNPC), Galp, KOGAS, and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos E.P. It is based on six ultra-deepwater wells in the Coral field, at a water depth of around 2,000 m (6,562 ft), feeding the FLNG facility.
Discovered by Eni in May 2012, the Coral field has about 16 tcf of gas in place.