Eni starts work on FLNG development offshore Congo

April 27, 2023
Eni SPA has begun work on its 3-million tpy Congo LNG development. The company expects it to reach full capacity in 2025.

Eni SPA has begun work on its 3-million tonne/year (tpy) Congo LNG development. The company expects it to reach full capacity in 2025. Natural gas for the project will be supplied by Eni’s Marine XII 1.3-billion boe proven and probable reserves concession, 20 km offshore Congo.

Congo LNG will use two floating LNG (FLNG) plants, one each stationed at Nenè and Litchendjili fields. The first plant, 0.6-million tpy Tango FLNG, was acquired by Eni last year following its deployment in Argentina (OGJ Online, Aug. 8, 2022). The second FLNG plant—currently undergoing conversion by Wison Heavy Industries Co. Ltd.—will become operational in 2025 with a capacity of 2.4 million tpy (OGJ Online, Dec. 28, 2022).

Tango FLNG’s development will include an additional platform, a gas pre-treatment plant and 12 new wells (OGJ Online, Jan. 25, 2023). A total of 29 new wells and eight platforms will be part of the second FLNG development. Borr Drilling Ltd.’s Prospector 5 jackup drilling rig is among the units contracted by Congo’s state oil and gas company to drill at Marine XII, where it is currently stationed.

Eni is operator at Marine XII (65%) with partners PJSC Lukoil (25%) and Societe Nationale des Petroles du Congo (10%).