Tuesday 28 May 2024

Oman LNG, TotalEnergies finalise Marsa LNG project, offtake deal

Paris, April 22, 2024

Oman LNG and TotalEnergies have announced the Final Investment Decision (FID) for the Marsa LNG project and signed a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Oman LNG to offtake 0.8 Mtpa of LNG for ten years from 2025.
Also, TotalEnergies (49 per cent) and OQ Alternative Energy (51 per cent), the national renewable energy champion, have confirmed being at an advanced stage of discussions to jointly develop a portfolio of up to 800 MW, including the 300 MWp solar project that will supply Marsa LNG.
TotalEnergies' Chairman and CEO, Patrick Pouyanné, met with Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said and Minister of Energy & Minerals, Eng. Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi, in Muscat to reaffirm their long-term partnership with the Sultanate of Oman.
Through their joint company Marsa Liquefied Natural Gas (Marsa), TotalEnergies (80 per cent) and OQ (20 per cent) launch the integrated Marsa LNG project which combines:
•Upstream gas production: 150 Mcf/d of natural gas, coming from the 33.19 per cent interest held by Marsa in the Mabrouk North-East field on onshore Block 10, which will provide the required feedstock for the LNG plant. Block 10 production started in January 2023 and reached plateau in April 2024. The FID allows Marsa LNG to extend its rights in Block 10 until its term in 2050.
•Downstream gas liquefaction: a 1 Mt/y capacity LNG liquefaction plant will be built in the port of Sohar. The LNG production is expected to start by first quarter 2028 and is primarily intended to serve the marine fuel market (LNG bunkering) in the Gulf. LNG quantities not sold as bunker fuel will be off-taken by TotalEnergies (80 per cent) and OQ (20 per cent).
•Renewable power generation: a dedicated 300 MWp PV solar plant will be built to cover 100 per cent of the annual power consumption of the LNG plant, allowing a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
The Marsa LNG plant will be 100 per cent electrically driven and supplied with solar power, positioning the site as one of the lowest GHG emissions intensity LNG plants ever built worldwide, with a GHG intensity below 3 kg CO2e/boe. (for reference, the average emission intensity of LNG plants is around 35 kg CO2e/boe - this represents a reduction in emissions of more than 90 per cent).
The main Engineering, Procurement and Construction contracts have been awarded to Technip Energies for the LNG plant and to CB&I for the 165,000 m3 LNG tank.
The Marsa LNG project will generate long-term employment opportunities and significant socio-economic benefits for the city of Sohar and the region.
The ambition of the Marsa LNG project is to serve as the first LNG bunkering hub in the Middle East, showcasing an available and competitive alternative marine fuel to reduce the shipping industry's emissions. Compared to conventional marine fuel, LNG helps to cut:
•Greenhouse gas emissions by up to 23 per cent
•Nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 85 per cent
•Sulfur emissions by 99 per cent
•Fine particle emissions by 99 per cent
“We are proud to open a new chapter in our history in the Sultanate of Oman with the launch of the Marsa LNG project, together with our partner OQ, demonstrating our long-term commitment to the country. We are especially pleased to deploy the two pillars of our transition strategy, LNG and renewables, and thus support the Sultanate on a new scale in the sustainable development of its energy resources”, said Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies. “This very innovative project illustrates our pioneer spirit and showcases the relevance of our integrated multi-energy strategy, with the ambition of being a responsible player in the energy transition. By paving the way for the next generation of very low emission LNG plants, Marsa LNG is contributing to making gas a long-term transition energy.” --OGN/TradeArabia News Service


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