Australian engineering firm Worley wins contracts for Mozambique LNG from French major Total

Tuesday, 03 March 2020
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Worley, the Australian engineering company, said it was awarded two master service agreements by French major Total to provide specialised services for the Mozambique LNG export project 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.

Support role

“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.

Sydney-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).

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