JGC, Fluor and TechnipFMC to build Africa’s largest LNG project

A consortium of JGC, Fluor and TechnipFMC have won the tender for Africa’s largest liquefied natural gas project that could cost USD 33 billion to build. Scheduled to commence operations in 2025, the Rovuma LNG Project in Mozambique has an export capacity of 15.2 million tons per year. 

The JGC-led consortium called JFT will be responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of an onshore LNG facility located in the northern Cabo Delgado province. The contract was awarded by Mozambique Rovuma Venture (MRV), which is a joint venture of Eni, ExxonMobil and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).

The onshore facility will develop Area 4 of the ultra-deep Rovuma Basin, a giant offshore natural gas field with up to 15 trillion cubic feet of natural gas located off the coast of Mozambique.

According to the Johannesburg-based Standard Bank Group, the complex will consist of two liquefaction trains and will feature the world’s first mega LNG-trains outside the State of Qatar.

JGC says the JFT consortium was established to leverage JGC and TechnipFMC’s experience of LNG projects and Fluor’s knowledge of mega-sized projects. The partners claim to be selected based on their health and safety management, financial strength, technical design, schedule and price.

The companies did not disclose the value of the contract but according to the Standard Bank Group, the facility will cost between USD 27 and 33 billion to build.

Top 10 gas reserve

The wider Rovuma Basin (split up in areas 1 to 4) holds 150 to 200 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, which is equivalent to 26 to 36 billion barrels of oil equivalent and arguably one of the world’s top-ten largest recoverable gas reserves, the Standard Bank Group states in a report. The development of this basin is expected to lift the country’s economy.

Total is currently developing a major field in Area 1 of the basin, called the Mozambique LNG 1 project. This project is just slightly smaller than the Rovuma LNG project, with an annual capacity of 15 million tonnes. This project was initially led by Anadarko but purchased by Total following Anadarko’s takeover by Occidental.

Author: Tobias Pieffers

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