ExxonMobil and its co-venture partners have signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to procure H-100 gas turbine and compressor packages for the Rovuma LNG Phase 1 project located offshore Mozambique.
Under the terms of the agreement, MHI’s subsidiary Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corporation (MCO) will supply the main liquefaction compressors for the project. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) will deliver dual-shaft, 120MW H-100 gas turbines that will act as the mechanical drivers.
The agreement is subject to ExxonMobil and its partners making a final investment decision (FID) on the Rovuma LNG Phase 1 project.
MHI president and CEO Seiji Izumisawa said: “We are pleased that ExxonMobil and their partners were the first to select MHI’s H-100 driven compressor trains for their Rovuma LNG project and anticipate future uses for the flexible turbine design.
“This project will allow us to demonstrate the benefits of MHI’s LNG solution in terms of lower production costs, increased productivity, reduced complexity and lower lifecycle costs, while significantly reducing plant emissions.”
ExxonMobil and its partners plan to use the Air Products AP-X process for the Rovuma LNG project, which according to MHI will be “one of the world’s largest natural gas liquefaction plants in Mozambique’s remote northern area”.
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As per the development plan submitted to the Government of Mozambique in July 2018, the project will comprise two liquefied natural gas trains. Each of these production units will have the capacity to produce at least 7.6 million tons per annum.
The LNG project is designed to produce, liquefy and market natural gas from the Mamba fields located in the Area 4 block. ExxonMobil and project partners aim to achieve LNG production start-up in 2024, with the FID on the project anticipated in 2019.
Rovuma LNG is operated by Mozambique Rovuma Venture, which is a joint venture (JV) between ExxonMobil, Eni and CNPC. The JV owns a 70% interest in the Area 4 concession.
The remaining 30% is held by Galp, KOGAS and Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos (ENH).