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Afroil: Eni still aims to launch Coral South LNG in 2022

Italy’s Eni is on track to launch the Coral South LNG project offshore Mozambique next year, despite the violence and civil unrest that has slowed down TotalEnergies’ plans for development of a nearby field.

A spokesperson for the Italian major said earlier this week that Eni aimed to begin extracting and processing gas from the Coral section of the offshore block known as Area 4 in 2022, as previously anticipated. The project’s timeline has not changed as a result of events in Mozambique’s northernmost province of Cabo Delgado, she said.

“We confirm that so far the violence in the north of Mozambique has not affected the Coral South project timeline, and we confirm startup in 2022 as per [the] schedule,” the spokesperson said.

Eni has not had to follow TotalEnergies in suspending work in Mozambique, because all operations related to the Coral South project are being carried out offshore. The Italian company plans to install a floating LNG (FLNG) plant with a capacity of 3.4mn tonnes per year (tpy) at Area 4.