Mozambique Rovuma Venture has revealed that the government of Mozambique has approved its development plan for the Rovuma LNG project. The project is expected to help produce, liquefy and market natural gas from three reservoirs of the Mamba complex located in the Area 4 block in the Rovuma basin two of which straddle the boundary with neighboring Area 1.
According to ENI, President of ExxonMobil Upstream Oil and Gas Company, Liam Mallon, “the development plan approval marks another significant step toward a final investment decision later this year”. He added saying “we will continue to work with the government to maximize the long-term benefits this project will bring to the people of Mozambique.”
Apparently, the Rovuma LNG project will work to build the local workforce through focused recruitment and skills development.
On his part, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Ernesto Elias Max Tonela, the development plan was the third approved in the five year period which is to enable the sustainable development of the huge natural gas reserves discovered in the Rovuma Basin and represents the government’s commitment to ensure the implementation of projects that will drive the development of Mozambique.
He further added saying “we want Mozambican entrepreneurs and Mozambicans to be the main beneficiaries of the various business opportunities made available by the multinationals, because we believe that these companies should grow with the national businesses and with Mozambique”.
The marketing effort for the LNG produced from the Rovuma LNG project is jointly led by Eni and ExxonMobil. Sales and purchase agreements for 100% of the LNG capacity for trains 1 and 2, which together will produce more than 15 million tons of LNG per annum and have been submitted to the government of Mozambique for approval.
Eni’s Chief Development, Operations and Technology Officer, Alessandro Puliti explained that “the expected production from the Area 4 block will generate substantial benefits for Mozambique and the Area 4 partners. The development plan details our commitment to train, build and employ a local workforce and make gas available in support of Mozambique’s industrialization”.
Meanwhile, the Rovuma LNG partners have developed a series of plans to support community development in line with the government’s priorities. Also, during the production phase, the Rovuma LNG project is expected to provide up to 17,000 tons of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) per annum in Mozambique from Area 4 resources, which is currently about 50 per cent of the country’s LPG imports, and will dramatically improve access to energy.
Eni Rovuma Basin will lead the construction and operation of upstream facilities on behalf of MRV and ExxonMobil Moçambique Limitada will lead the construction and operation of natural gas liquefaction and related facilities.