Angola LNG plant due to resume production by the end of the year

27 February 2015

The natural gas processing plant of the Angola LNG company is expected to resume production by the end of the year, once the installation of new equipment, said Wednesday in Luanda the Sonangol director for Refining, Natural Gas, Power Generation and Petrochemicals.

Ana da Costa noted that the plant had been at a standstill for about ten months due to an incident that affected most of the equipment and forced the suspension of all production, according to newspaper Jornal de Angola.

Angola LNG is a partnership between Sonangol, Chevron, BP, ENI and Total, and the Soyo plant cost US$10 billion and has capacity to produce 5.2 million tons of LNG per year.

The company has a fleet of seven ships and three liquefied natural gas, liquid gas and compressed butane loading terminals.

The first shipment of liquefied natural gas, which occurred in June 2013, was sent to Brazil.

In August 2014, the Oil minister, Botelho de Vasconcelos, said the contractor had re-stated guarantees to return to production with the established deadline and noted that work “continues without interruption.”

The minister also said that “the intervention is of a certain complexity,” but added he believed repairs can be completed on schedule to resume production later in 2015. (macauhub/AO)