Italian energy conglomerate Eni and its Area 4 partners launched the hull of the Coral Sul floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) treatment and liquefaction facility at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.
The FLNG is part of the Coral South project that will put in production 450 billion cubic meters of gas of the Coral reservoir, offshore Mozambique.
The launch marks the timely progress of the project, which exceeds 60 percent completion and is in line with production start-up by 2022, Eni said in a statement on Tuesday.
The hull is 432 meters long, 66 meters wide and weighs approximately 140,000 tons.
Its eight-story accommodation module, which will house up to 350 people, is also ready to be lifted and integrated with the hull system.
Fabrication activities are also well underway for the 12 gas treatment and LNG modules, with all main equipment ready for integration and first deck stacking executed, Eni said.
The FLNG will have a liquefaction capacity of 3.4 million tons per year (MTPA) and will be anchored at a water depth of around 2,000 meters by means of 20 mooring lines that weigh a combined 9,000 tons.
Eni noted that drilling and completion activities for the six subsea wells that will feed the liquefaction unit are ongoing offshore Mozambique.