Coral South was the first project approved by our Area 4 partners for developing gas resources discovered in the Rovuma Basin, off Mozambique’s coast. The project involves producing and selling gas from the southern part of the Coral field, using a floating plant for liquefying natural gas (LNG) with a capacity of 3.4 million tonnes. In 2016, we signed an agreement to sell 100 per cent of LNG production to British Petroleum (BP), and on 1 June 2017, we embarked on the start-up phase of the project, just three years after drilling the last test well. The liquefied gas is sold by us and other Area 4 concessionaires (including CNPC, Galp, Kogas, the Mozambican state company ENH and Exxon Mobil through its operator Mozambique Rovuma Venture S.p.A.) to BP, under a 20-year contract with an optional 10-year extension.
The launch of the hull of the FLNG: photogallery
In January 2020, with our Area 4 partners in South Korea, we launched the hull for the Coral Sul Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) treatment and liquefaction plant. It will extract 450 billion cubic metres of gas from the field. The hull is 432 metres long by 66 metres wide and weighs in at about 140,000 tonnes. The eight-storey living module, which will accommodate up to 350 people, has now been installed. All the main equipment is ready to be integrated, and we have started stacking the first deck. The plant will be the first ever FLNG built for deep waters and the first built specifically for Africa. In 2019, we began drilling and completing six subsea wells for feeding the liquefaction units. They will be drilled about 2,000 metres under water and have an average depth of about 3,000 metres.
The last topside module lifting: photogallery
In November 2020 we announced the lifting and installation of the last of the 13 topside modules of the Coral-Sul FLNG facility, currently under construction in South Korea. This lifting, which marks the end of the onshore-modules fabrication campaign configuring the entire gas treatment and liquefaction plant, is to schedule and in line with the expected sail-away in 2021 and gas production start-up in 2022.
Coral Sul FLNG Topside completed
January: we launched the hull of the Coral Sul Floating Liquefied Natural Gas
November: we announced the last topside module lifting for the Coral-Sul FLNG
Wells finished at Coral Sul floatin
September: drilling and completion activities begin in six subsea wells at Coral Sul FLNG
July: assembly of the hull for Coral Sul FLNG begins
First components of Coral Sul FLNG
Construction begins on the main components of the FLNG unit
Final investment decision
Coral Sul FLNG project launched
Investment and development plans
November: investment plan approved
February: development plan approved for Coral
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A floating unit for liquefying and exporting gas – and a real technological jewel – Coral Sul FLNG will be the first such on the African continent and the third in the world. Coral Sul FLNG will be 432 m long and 66 m wide, and weigh about 220,000 tonnes overall. The accommodation module will have eight floors with room for 350 people. It will be anchored about 2,000 meters deep, with the help of 20 lines weighing 9,000 tonnes combined. Construction of the main components began in 2018. Construction is taking place in seven working centres around the world.
Environment and community
The Coral South project involves us in local development, far wider than just the oil and gas sector. We have provided specialist training for more than 800 Mozambican workers, who will be employed in the project's operational phase. We are also committed to a huge programme of work for local communities, to improve their access to basic services such as education, clean water and health care, and support long-term, diversified, sustainable socio-economic growth.
Eni has never conducted oil and gas exploration and development activities within the boundaries of natural sites included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In May 2019, we formally committed never to do so and officially instated a biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES) policy as part of our transformation journey. We are committed to long-term investment – looking beyond short-term profit to find ways to help create a more sustainable planet – as recognised in our new company mission, which is in turn inspired by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Results so far
Some highlights of our successful activity so far:
total weight of Coral Sul FLNG
wells linked to the FLNG production unit
450 bln m³
capacity of the Coral field
Mozambicans employed by us during the operational phase
3.4 mln tonnes
capacity for liquefaction of natur
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