Africa Oil & Gas: Angola LNG loads first cargo after 2014 shutdown

Angola LNG (Image courtesy of Bechtel)

Angola LNG (Image courtesy of Bechtel)

The Chevron-led $10 billion Angola LNG project has loaded its first cargo of the chilled fuel since the facility was closed in April 2014, due to a major rupture on a flare line.

Angola LNG confirmed in May that production has resumed at its 5.2 million tons per year liquefaction plant at Soyo, northern Angola.

The first liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo after the shutdown has now been loaded at Soyo. It is being sold by an international tender,” Angola LNG said in a statement on Monday.

According to the statement, production is continuing and Angola LNG expects to load further LNG and LPG cargoes as part of the plant commissioning and testing process.

Future LNG cargoes will be sold globally in a variety of ways, including international sales tenders, the statement said.

Full handover and commercial operation of the plant from ALNG’s contractor Bechtel will take place in “due course after a planned shutdown”.

The market has changed a lot while our plant has been shut down, but we are pleased to be able to deliver Angola LNG to the world and to take our place as a reliable and safe supplier in global LNG markets,” said Artur Pereira, Chief Executive Officer of Angola LNG Marketing.

Angola LNG is a joint venture between Sonangol (22.8%), Chevron (36.4%), BP (13.6%), Eni (13.6%), and Total (13.6%).(source: LNG World News Staff)

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