Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC), the second-largest independent U.S. oil and gas company, hired Technip SA (TEC) and KBR Inc. to design a liquefied natural gas plant in Mozambique after appraising reserves in the Rovuma Basin.
The contractors will develop the preparatory front-end engineering and design for the plant, Bob Daniels, Anadarko’s senior vice president for worldwide exploration, said today in a statement. “The pre-FEED studies are designed to help the partnership further assess the viability of developing an LNG facility to produce and process natural gas from the region.”
The company’s Barquentine-2 well encountered more than 230 feet (70 meters) of gas off Mozambique, Anadarko said. Barquentine-2 was the first appraisal well in the Windjammer, Barquentine and Lagosta complex, which holds at least six trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas reserves.
East African explorers have been attracted by Anadarko’s deepwater finds in Mozambique and BG Group Plc’s finds in Tanzania. The region holds more than 31 billion barrels of oil, according to London-based Afren Plc (AFR), three times as much as Brazil’s Lula field, formerly known as Tupi, the biggest discovery in the Americas in 30 years.
Anadarko and partners, including Cove Energy Plc and Mitsui & Co Ltd., may build as many as six trains, or LNG production units, in Mozambique, Daniels said last week. “That gives you an idea of the scale of what we think we’ve found in the way of gas.”
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