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UTM Offshore, Afreximbank sign $2bn MoU for Nigeria’s first floating LNG project

UTM Offshore and the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) have signed an MoU to raise 2 billion dollars for the development of Nigeria’s first Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) project.

Dr Yahuza Kassim, Principal Consultant for the development of the facility stated in Lagos on Wednesday that the MoU was signed on Tuesday in Abuja.

He added that the MoU was signed by Mr Julius Rone, Group Managing Director, UTM Offshore, and Dr Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of Afreximbank.

The MoU paved the way for additional collaboration between UTM Offshore and Afreximbank to support a future Final Investment Decision on UTM’s FLNG project.

According to Dr Kassim, UTM Offshore has been studying and conceptualizing the development of an FLNG in Nigeria since 2020.

“In February 2021, it received a License to Establish from Nigeria’s former Department of Petroleum Resources for the installation of an FLNG unit on Oil Mining Lease 104.

“The block is operated by the joint-venture of ExxonMobil (operator, with 40 percent equity) and the NNPC, with 60 percent equity in the offshore Yoho Field.

“Preparations for the project are now in full swing with the benefit of a robust global and technical expertise.

“The pre-Front End Engineering Design contract was awarded to JGC Corporation of Japan in May and completed in October,’’ Kassim stated.

UTM Offshore appointed U.S-based KBR as Owners Engineer also in May, while Rotterdam-based global energy and commodities trader, Vitol, has also joined the consortium as off-taker for the LNG.

The UTM Offshore FLNG will be the first such project developed by an African company on the continent.

Kassim quoted Rone as saying that: “it will significantly contribute to the Nigerian government’s agenda of reducing gas flares.

“As Africa’s FLNG industry grows, UTM Offshore is well-positioned to offer attractive project economics by developing shallow water gas reserves, while bringing significant environmental benefits to our industry as a whole.

“The project notably involves the development and financing of a 1.2m tonnes per annum FLNG facility with a capacity to process 176 MMscfd of natural gas and condensate.

“The unit would target the processing of associated gas currently flared to cut carbon emissions and monetize additional reserves for domestic and global markets.’’ (NAN) 

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