The first LNG project in Angola

Angola liquefied natural gas project is a project to recover gas resources from Angola’s offshore blocks. It is located in Soya, Angola and is the country’s first LNG project and is also one of the biggest gas projects in the African Continent.

Working on this project, a single liquefied natural gas train was constructed that has a production capacity of 5.2 million tonnes per year. This project has an expected lifespan of 30 years. A 4 billion dollars investment was made into this project, which made it the biggest single investment in the history of the country. In 2016, the LNG plant was modified and enhancements were made and it resumed production in the same year.

Chevron is the leading partner and operator of this project and through this project, the company has been able to meet the demands for abundant, clean natural gas. This project has the capacity to produce 1.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. It also produced 23,000 barrels of natural gas liquids in 2018.

They are using the latest technology such as ConocoPhillips’ proprietary natural gas liquefaction technology. It not only produces LNG, but also propane, condensate, and butane. The project is environment-friendly and the company directed its designers to make it as such.

The project contains natural gas resources of around 297 billion cubic meters. The plant was supplied in the early years from the associated fields that also helped to reduce gas flaring. However, today it is being supplied from offshore gas fields and also from the non-associated gas fields. The non-associated gas fields are Quiluma, Polvo, Atum, and Enguia.

This project is of extreme importance for the country as it not only provides it with the required natural gas; it’s of great economic value as well. This project is fulfilling the energy needs of the region and it has helped Angola’s natural gas industry to grow internationally.

Although the project has suffered from many issues and has faced great challenges, it was only the determination of the stakeholders that, today, it’s a successful project.