Baker Hughes receives contracts for Coral South FLNG in Mozambique

BHGEMozambique focuses on developing LNG facilities for boosting up the country’s economy. (Image source: Jeff Warren/Flickr)Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), has secured a contract from Italian Eni for work on its Coral South floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project offshore Mozambique, the country’s first natural gas project

Under the deal, BHGE will be providing equipment for the power and gas refrigeration processes of the new FLNG facility. The order includes four turbo-compression trains and four turbo-generation units which will be used for mix refrigeration services.

According to BHGE, the parts of the turbo compression trains and turbo-generation units will be built at BHGE Nuovo Pignone facility in Florence and the trail will be done in the Massa facility.

This is the second contract of BHGE in Mozambique, the first being singing up of two five-year contracts with Eni’s regional subsidiary in June 2017, which aimed at providing equipment for offshore developments for Mozambique's gas assets.

Commenting on the new deal with Eni, Rod Christie, president and chief executive for turbo machinery and process solutions at BHGE, said, “Coral South LNG is an enormously important development for Mozambique and the region, the first new-built FLNG facility to be installed in Africa and one of only a small number in the world today.”

In 2015, Eni discovered natural gas in Mozambique. The company said that it was eager to support the country’s initiative to emerge as a LNG export hub to Asian markets.

To continue this initiative, Eni launched its Coral South LNG project implementation phase in June 2017, which is a floating facility drawing in the gas reserves that were discovered by Eni in the Rovuma basin.

Mozambique focuses on developing LNG facilities as economic stimulus for the country. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), due to the surge in coal production, Mozambique’s economy is expected to rise in 2017.

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