Van Oord, TechnipFMC Progress Area 1

EPC Work for Golfinho/Atum Development

A consortium including offshore contractor Van Oord and engineering group TechnipFMC is to provide construction and installation services for the Area 1 development in Mozambique.

The Golfinho/Atum development comprises an estimated 75 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas and is expected to be a major locus for breakbulk transport over the coming years. The contract was awarded by Anadarko.
“We are proud to be part of this prestigious project and look forward to working with TechnipFMC for Anadarko to deliver this important piece of energy transition infrastructure which will allow Mozambique to unlock its natural resources,” a spokesperson for Van Oord said.

Shallow/Deepwater Split

Van Oord will execute the shallow offshore installation scope while its consortium partner TechnipFMC is responsible for the deep water scope. The Area 1 Mozambique LNG project will be Mozambique’s first onshore LNG development, initially consisting of two LNG trains with total nameplate capacity of 12.88 million tonnes per annum.

“The upcoming months will be dedicated to project preparation,” a spokesperson for Van Oord said, adding that “works will be carried out under strict environmental requirements with Van Oord dedicated to explore opportunities to mitigate and manage impacts, and optimise positive environmental and social benefits.”
Execution and project cargo shipment for the project is scheduled to start in 2021. Dutch firm Van Oord specializes in dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects in the oil, gas and wind sector and is headquartered in Rotterdam. TechnipFMC is one of the largest oilfield services companies in the world and employs 44,000 staff worldwide from headquarters in London, UK.

Total Acquisition
In May, French oil major Total agreed a contingent acquisition of Anadarko's oil and gas assets in Africa, for US$8.8 billion, marking a positive outlook for LNG operations in the continent.The Area 1 Mozambique LNG project would be included in this agreement.
"As the world increasingly seeks cleaner forms of energy, the Anadarko-led Area 1 Mozambique LNG project is ideally located to meet growing demand, particularly in expanding Asian and European markets," said Al Walker, CEO of Anadarko.
The latest deal is the first announcement following Total’s acquistion interest and looks set to cement Total’s position as the second-largest international oil company LNG seller after Shell, and the fourth-largest LNG seller after Qatargas, Shell and Petronas. The deal also signifies growing interest for LNG development in Africa by oil majors as risks associated with deepwater exploration continue to decline thanks to new technology. 
Photo: Stingray. Credit: Van Oord