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Date: 22 March 2023 Author: Grzegorz Kuczyński
Russia’s Lukoil and LNG Production in the Republic of Congo
Russia’s Lukoil energy company said a project in the Congo in which it is involved would begin producing liquefied natural gas (LNG) later this year.
Lukoil Vice President Ivan Romanovsky said the initiative would produce around 600,000 tonnes of LNG per year, and that Lukoil plans to boost total LNG output at the Marine XII oil and gas project in the Congo to 3 million tonnes by the end of 2025. It is located on the continental shelf of the Republic of Congo 20 km from the shore with a sea depth of 20-90 meters. The license covers five discovered fields containing 1.3 billion barrels of oil equivalent of proved and probable (2P) reserves. Lukoil acquired a 25 percent stake in Marine XII in 2019 from the British company New Age M12 Holdings Limited for some $800 million. The project also involves Italy’s Eni, which holds a 65 percent stake, as well as a Congo state-owned company which holds 10 percent. Last December, Italian oil company Eni reached an agreement with Chinese oil and gas plant specialists Wison Heavy Industries to build a second floating LNG plant. Lukoil said Congo had accepted an application made with Eni for rights to the Marine 24 and Marine 31 blocks. Lukoil is discussing its entry into new oil and gas projects in the Republic of Congo as operator, Lukoil Vice-President for America, Africa and the Middle East Ivan Romanovsky said after a meeting with Congolese Minister of Hydrocarbons Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua. A senior executive at Lukoil hopes that the Congolese oil and gas minister would back the company’s effort to run new energy projects.
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