The Angolan liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility has resumed production after being taken offline in late December 2016, Reuters reported.
Angola LNG’s spokesperson, Barbara Freitas-Daniels, said the plant has restarted production, but declined to say when it restarted. Freitas-Daniels had announced the controlled shutdown in December explaining there would be a minor intervention in the facility, informed Natural Gas World.
The 5.2mt/y capacity, Bechtel-built, Chevron-led, Angola LNG facility began exporting in mid 2013 and costed $10b to build. That however excludes the cost of major post 2013 modifications, such as the shutdown from April 2014 to June 2016 to fix design flaws. Since re-starting in 2016, the plant has been repeatedly stood idle to address a range of issues.
The project is the result of a partnership between Sonangol, Chevron, BP, ENI and Total to gather and process gas and deliver 5.2mt of LNG a year to the global market. Additionally, the project intends to supply natural gas to the Angolan market to help meet local industrial and energy needs and also produce propane, butane and condensate.