Angola LNG’s gas liquefaction plant at a standstill

28 April 2014

Production at the natural gas liquefaction unit operated by Angola LNG had to be brought to a halt due to technical problems, a spokesman for the company said Friday in Luanda, without giving details of the problems.

The spokesman also said that it was not currently possible to give a date for production to be re-launched at the project led by US group Chevron and in which over US$10 billion was invested.

According to financial news agency Reuters, the liquefaction plant in Soyo, Cabinda province, has fallen foul of a number of incidents ranging from compressor and pipeline leaks to fires due to electrical problems.

The company, which at full production has capacity to supply 5.2 million tons of LNG per year as well as butane gas, liquid petroleum gas and condensates, in June 2013 made its first shipment of LNG to Brazil’s Petrobras and in March 2014 sent its first shipment of butane to Angolan state company Sonangol.

Angola LNG’s shareholders are Chevron (36.4 percent), Sonangol (22.8 percent) and BP, ENI (Italy) and Total (France), each with a stake of 13.6 percent. (macauhub/AO)