PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has officially inaugurated the Nigeria LNG Train 7 project to mark the start of the construction of a new liquefaction unit, an 84,200m³ storage tank, a 36,000m³ condensate tank, and three gas turbine generators at the Bonny Island LNG facility.
‘Today I have performed the groundbreaking ceremony for a very important project and a milestone in the country’s oil and gas sector. I have been passionately associated with this project for a long time, since the formative years of the LNG project. As Minister of Petroleum Resources back in 1978, I kicked off Nigeria’s first foray in the LNG Business and we have not looked back ever since.
“I am very delighted that we have reached yet another milestone today, under my watch. We will continue to deliver on and enable transformational public and private sector projects of this nature to the people of this nation,’ said the president.
Upon completion, the project will increase the capacity of NLNG’s current six-Train plant by 35 percent from the extant 22 Million Tonnes Per Annum (mtpa) to 30mtpa.
The Nigeria LNG Train 7 project is speared by Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), a joint venture between the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and international oil majors Royal Dutch Shell, ENI, and Total.
NLNG took the Final Investment Decision (FID) in December 2019, which was followed by the approval of the Nigerian Content Compliance Certificate (NCCC) and Approved Vendors Lists (AVLs) by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in April last year.
In May 2020, NLNG awarded the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) Contracts for its Train 7 Project to SCD JV Consortium, comprising affiliates of Saipem, Chiyoda, and Daewoo, a step that triggered the commencement of the Detail Design and Construction phase of the Project.