Nigeria: Total expects year-end FID on Train-7 expansion project

French supermajor Total expects to reach a final investment decision (FID) on its Nigeria liquefied natural gas (NLNG) Train-7 project by the end of 2019 and first gas by 2023.

The Train-7 project is located at the Bonny Island LNG facility, in the Niger Delta. Once complete, it will include a new liquefaction unit, an 84,200m3 storage tank, a 36,000 m3 condensate tank and three gas turbine generators.

Providing the update during the company’s Investor Day in New York on Tuesday, Arnaud Breuillac, Total’s President of Exploration and Production, said the construction of the seventh train at the Bonny Island plant would increase its capacity, adding seven million tons per year (tpy) to the existing 22 million tpy.

“Total’s contribution to the additional gas supply to the plant will come from the nearby Ima field, which is located in shallow waters about 20 kilometers south-east of the LNG facilities,” he said, adding that the field has estimated resources of 1.4 trillion cubic feet of gas “in an excellent reservoir.”

The Train-7 project forms part of Total’s plan to grow its share of gas output from 14 percent, in 2018 to 22 percent by 2025.

Earlier this month, NLNG announced that the joint venture company, SCD Group, comprising of the Italian company, Saipem, Japan’s Chiyoda Corporation and South Korea’s Daewoo, would undertake the engineering, procurement, and construction for the $10 billion Train-7 project.

NLNG is a joint venture company owned by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (49 percent), Shell (25.6 percent), Total (15 percent) and Eni (10.4 percent).

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