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Cabinda Gulf Oil, a subsidiary of Chevron, has commenced production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the $10bn LNG project in Angola, Africa.

As part of the project, natural gas will be collected and transported from offshore Angola to an onshore liquefaction plant on the coast near the Congo River.

Chevron said the project is expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions and natural gas flaring from offshore producing areas.

The Angola LNG project is estimated to produce 5.2 million metric tonnes of LNG per annum, apart from producing 63,000 barrels of natural gas liquids per day for export and 125 million cubic feet of natural gas per day for local requirements.

The project is expected to use associated natural gas produced from Chevron-operated existing crude oil operations and new non-associated gas from other offshore fields.

Chevron vice chairman, George Kirkland, said: "First gas at Angola LNG is an important milestone in support of our strategic plan to grow our production."

"The Angola LNG project is estimated to produce 5.2 million metric tonnes of LNG per annum."

"This project will commercialise natural gas resources in western Africa to meet growing demand in the region and internationally," Kirkland added.

Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production president, Ali Moshiri, said: "The project represents the first LNG project in Angola, and it is expected to contribute to the development of Angola’s natural gas industry."

Cabinda Gulf Oil holds a 36.4% stake in the joint-venture and Sonangol holds a 22.8% stake, while subsidiaries of Total, BP and Eni each hold a 13.6% stake.


Image: Natural gas will be collected and delivered from offshore Angola to an onshore liquefaction plant on the coast near the Congo River. Photo courtesy of Bsm15.

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