Angola LNG project begins construction phase

27 March 2007

M’Banza Congo, Angola. 27 March – Dragging a navigation channel and the hydraulic 100 hectare landfill area, to be added to the area for setting up the liquid natural gas (LNG) factory, as part of the Angola LNG project began Monday in M’Banza Congo, officials said.

The public and government relations director of the project, Modesto Laurentino da Silva, said that this phase of the project, which was being carried out by a partnership between Dutch company Boscalis and Belgium’s Jan de Nul, would take 13 months.

The dragging, part of which is in the Pululu channel and the other part at the upper end of the left bank of the river Zaire, will make it possible to navigate transport ships, with a capacity of between 145,000 and 165,000 cubic meters of gas, to the facility.

Modesto Silva added that the 100 hectares of land fill would be added to 140 hectares of land and make up the 240 hectares needed to set up the project.

The Angola LNG project, the first of its kind in Angola, has moved on from the research to the construction phase and it is expected to start producing LNG by 2010. (macauhub)