Italian firm Eni has awarded major engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning (EPCIC) contract to Wison (Nantong) Heavy Industry for a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility.

With a production capacity of 2.4 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of liquefied natural gas, the proposed FLNG is planned to be deployed offshore Congo Brazzaville.

The 380m-long and 60m-wide FLNG unit will also have capacity to over 180,000 cubic meters of LNG and 45,000 cubic meters of LPGs.

To be anchored at a water-depth of around 40m, the facility will be the second of its kind to be deployed in the country. The first one is the 0.6 MTPA Tango FLNG, which is due to start production in 2023.

Eni said in a statement: “LNG production capacity on Marine XII will reach 3 million tonnes/year (over 4.5 billion cubic meters/year) in 2025.

“Both initiatives are part of Marine XII gas valorisation plan, in line with Eni’s strategy to leverage gas equity.”

The firm said that preliminary activities have started and long lead items have been ordered.

Wison vice-president Huaqing Wei said: “We are committed to delivering this world-class FLNG facility and to supporting Eni’s fast-track project implementation plan.

“Following the construction of Tango FLNG facility in 2017, this major EPCIC contract demonstrates Wison’s pioneering and developing capabilities in the rapidly growing global FLNG business.”