Australian engineering firm Worley wins Mozambique LNG contracts from France's Total

Monday, 24 February 2020
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Australian engineering company Worley said it was awarded two master service agreements by French major Total to provide specialised services for the Mozambique LNG export project at Pemba on the northern coast of the southeast African nation.

“Under the MSAs, Worley will provide in-and-out of country services, including engineering, consulting and specialist engineering for delivery of onshore and offshore (subsea) facilities,” said Worley.

“The services will support the development of the new LNG facility,” the company added.

Worley said the work would be under its local Mozambique operational division with support from Worley’s global businesses, including the consultancy subsidiary Advisian. 

Syndey-based Worley has already supported the LNG development, located on the Afungi peninsula in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province, since natural gas was first discovered there in 2010. 

Analysts said Worley was a highly experienced LNG and natural gas contractor, having played a leading role in the build-out of Australia's liquefaction plants.

“We are pleased to continue providing services to the LNG development and to support one of Africa’s largest projects,” said Andrew Wood, Chief Executive of Worley.

“Through the MSAs, we will help Total and its partners in the Mozambique LNG Project meet the world’s changing energy needs,” added Wood.

The French company has already said it planned to expand its Mozambique venture with up to two additional processing Trains, taking the total up to four Trains.

Total is looking  at studies for Train 3 and Train 4 because of the huge feed-gas resources offshore Mozambique.

Total confirmed in October 2019 that it paid $3.9 billion to close the acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum’s 26.5 percent operated interest in the Mozambique LNG project from Anadarko purchaser Occidental Petroleum.

Total had previously reached a binding agreement with Occidental to buy Anadarko’s assets in Africa, including Mozambique, Algeria, Ghana and South Africa.

Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and Chief Executive of Total, has said that Mozambique LNG was a one-of-a-kind asset that perfectly fitted with the company strategy.

Total plans to work on the strong foundations established by the previous operator Anadarko and its partners.

The project includes the development of the Golfinho and Atum fields located within offshore Area 1 of the Rovuma Basin. 

The plant site has already been cleared near the coastal town of Pemba.

The Rovuma Area 1 contains more than 60 trillion cubic feet of gas resources of which 36 Tcf could be developed for a four-Train plant.

The Area 1 shareholder line-up is now as follows: Total operates Mozambique LNG with a 26.5 percent participating interest alongside Mozambican state-owned energy company ENH (15 percent). 

Japan’s Mitsui owns 20 percent, India’s ONGC Videsh, Bharat  PetroResources and Beas Rovuma Energy each hold 10 percent and Thailand’s PTTEP 8.5 percent.

The Total-led venture is Mozambique’s first onshore LNG plant.

Italian energy company Eni is leading a project for the Coral South floating LNG project from Area 4 resources in the Rovuma Basin. 

It is also planning an onshore venture with ExxonMobil and other stakeholders.

The final investment decision on the Mozambique LNG project was announced by Anadarko in June 2019 and the venture is expected to come into production by the start of 2025.

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