With the final investment decision for the first Floating LNG in Equatorial Guinea almost at hand, the state is looking forward to discussions around a second such project.
The Ophir operated FLNG, focussed on draining gas resources in the Fortuna cluster of fields in Block R, looks forward to taking FID by the end of June 2017, but Equatorial Guinea, as a country, is proactive about further inflow of investment in gas export industry.
Its Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons (MMH), has gone ahead to enter into a binding agreement with OneLNG SA (the company with which Ophir has an agreement for the Fortuna FLNG) to explore the liquefaction and commercialization of natural gas in offshore blocks O and I.
“OneLNG, a joint venture between Golar LNG and Schlumberger to rapidly develop gas reserves into LNG, will commit funding to explore the technical and commercial feasibility of a floating liquefied natural gas project”, according to a release on behalf of MMH by Africa Oil and Power.
“The agreement commits the State and OneLNG to find a binding commercial and technical structure for an agreement on a second FLNG project with a target date of end of 2017”, the release notes.
The Government of Equatorial Guinea is a stakeholder in production sharing contracts in blocks O and I through its national oil company, GEPetrol, which is an indirect participant in the development of the liquids-rich gas and condensate fields Alen, Diega, Aseng and Yolanda.
There is no mention, in the press release, of Noble Energy, the operator of Blocks O and I.
“This agreement is a crucial step to monetizing these offshore natural gas reserves and expanding Equatorial Guinea’s sizeable role as a global gas exporter while developing a domestic component,” said H.E. Gabriel MbagaObiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea. “Equatorial Guinea is an African pioneer in deepwater FLNG projects and OneLNG has been a vital partner in those efforts. We stand ready to work with OneLNG to provide the right incentives to make this project work.”
“OneLNG looks forward to again collaborating with the Republic of Equatorial Guinea on an innovative project,” said Jeff Goodrich, Chief Executive Officer of OneLNG SA. “This further cements the strong relationship we have built in executing the Fortuna Project.”