Cameroon FLNG Starts Production: Golar
Golar LNG confirmed March 12 that first production of LNG has successfully commenced from Hilli Episeyo offshore Cameroon, the production ship of the Cameroon floating liquefaction project.
This becomes the first floating liquefaction (FLNG) venture to start up offshore west Africa. Perenco, operator of the project, and Cameroon state SNH had no statement on their websites as yet.
A Perenco spokesman later told NGW that, although it has no statement on initial production, Cameroon FLNG's first export cargo is scheduled for late March or early April 2018, and that it was too early to provide current or near-term production volumes. Russia's Gazprom in late 2015 was awarded by Cameroon FLNG to lift 1.2mn metric tons/yr free-on-board from the venture for the first eight years of its production and be its sole offtaker during that period.
Golar LNG also said that Golar Gandria, intended to become the production ship of west Africa's second FLNG venture when it starts around 2021 offshore Equatorial Guinea, has "been removed from layup and is now at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore."