Noble Energy has sanctioned the development of the Alen natural gas project, offshore Equatorial Guinea.
With start-up targeted for the first half of 2021, definitive agreements in support of the project have been executed between the Alen field partners, Alba plant owners, EG LNG plant owners and the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
Natural gas from the field will be processed through the existing Alba Plant liquefied petroleum gas processing plant and EG LNG’s liquefied natural gas production facility at Punta Europa, Bioko Island.
Alen commenced operations in 2013 as a condensate production and natural gas recycling project, with natural gas from the field reinjected into the reservoir to support the enhanced recovery of liquids since start-up.
The Alen Gas Monetisation Project will use existing high-capacity production wells on the platform, with minor modifications necessary to deliver sales gas from the platform to the Alba Plant and EG LNG facilities.
A 70 km, 24 inch (610 mm) pipeline capable of handling 27 million m3/d natural gas equivalent will be constructed to transport the processed gas from Alen platform to the onshore facilities.
“We are excited to announce this high-return, capital-efficient development as our next offshore major project,” said Noble Energy Senior Vice President J. Keith Elliott.
“First production is anticipated in the first half of 2021, following on our world-class Leviathan project which is expected to begin producing late this year.
“The Alen development is the first step towards creating an offshore natural gas hub in Equatorial Guinea, which will open the potential for future monetisation of additional discovered resources through existing infrastructure.
“Noble Energy has discovered 85 billion m3 of gross natural gas resources in the Douala Basin, which positions us well for LNG sales exposure over the coming decade.”
Total estimated gross recoverable resources from the Alen field are approximately 17 billion m3 of natural gas equivalent.
For more information visit the Noble Energy website.
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