Eni has held talks with Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi on more floating LNG (FLNG) projects in the East African state.
Nyusi visited the Coral Sul FLNG installation today, to inaugurate the facility in the Rovuma Basin.
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Carlos Zacarias and Eni COO natural resources Guido Brusco also attended the visit.
Eni started up the Coral Sul project in October, exporting a first cargo on November 13 to BP. The Italian company said Coral Sul was “projecting Mozambique onto the global LNG stage”.
The facility paves the “way to a transformational change of the country through development of gas resources”. It will also help diversify supplies into Europe, Eni said.
The company attributed the success of the plant to the collaboration it had with its partners and Mozambique’s government and people.
Eni went on to say its representatives had held talks with Nyusi on more. These discussion focused on the “possibility of replicating the success of the Coral South project with further FLNG development, as well as other onshore projects”.
Coral Sul FLNG is on Area 4, which Eni operates. The partners on the licence, which includes ExxonMobil, had been working on an onshore LNG plant, Rovuma LNG.
However, following a terror attack near TotalEnergies’ facilities onshore, work has been frozen. It is unclear when this may restart.
While FLNG carries a number of challenges, these tend to be technical, rather than around security.
The licence also holds the Mamba complex and the Agulha reservoirs, in addition to Coral. These hold an estimated 2.4 trillion cubic metres of gas in place. Eni drilled the first Mamba South 1 discovery well in 2011.