Republic of the Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso and Eni chief government Claudio Descalzi laid the inspiration stone Tuesday for the nation’s first pure gasoline liquefaction facility.
The event, named Congo LNG, is predicted to supply as excessive as three million metric tons of liquefied pure gasoline (LNG) yearly beginning 2025, the Italian international power large mentioned in a press launch Tuesday.
The Marine XII oil and gasoline subject mission will allow exports primarily to Europe, Eni mentioned.
It contains two floating LNG vegetation on the Litchendjili and Nenè fields, each producing. The primary plant will start manufacturing this yr with a capability of 0.6 million metric tons per yr (MTPA). The second turns into operational 2025 with a most output of two.4 MTPA, the announcement mentioned.
Congo LNG will “considerably contribute to each Italy and Europe’s power safety and industrial competitiveness”, Eni chief government Claudio Descalzi commented.
“This consequence speaks to the significance of long-term collaboration with our African companions at a time when essential strategic selections must be made with regard to future diversification of provide routes and European power mixes, within the course of power accessibility and availability and progressive decarbonization”.
Italy and the European Union have been on the lookout for options to Russia as their traditionally prime power supply in response to its battle in Ukraine. Visits by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni to the continent this yr have signified Italy is Africa for power imports. In Libya throughout Meloni’s go to in January, Eni signed a $8-billion funding to develop two gasoline fields to produce Libya and Europe, as introduced by the corporate January 28.
In Congo-Brazzaville final week, she affirmed Rome’s dedication to “a non-predatory cooperation mannequin, as set out within the ‘Mattei Plan for Africa’”, her workplace mentioned in a launch April 21, referring to a yet-to-be-unveiled plan for the continent named after Eni founder Enrico Mattei.
Tuesday’s stone-laying includes a mission between Eni and Wison Heavy Trade Co. Ltd. that the Italian associate introduced December 22.
In Congo-Brazzaville, Eni mentioned “it’s the solely firm lively within the growth of its gasoline assets, guaranteeing 70% of nationwide electrical energy manufacturing via the Centrale Electrique du Congo”. The utility is powered by Marine XII, which Eni operates with a 65 % stake.
Eni achieved its first exploration success in Marine XII in 2008 with the Litchendjili gasoline subject, adopted by Minsala and Nene.
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