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ExxonMobil Bids for Front-End Engineering Design for Rovuma LNG Project

ExxonMobil Bids for Front-End Engineering Design for Rovuma LNG Project

ExxonMobil has launched several tenders for Front End Engineering Design for gas gathering and subsea as well as basic improvement in the installed camp facilities; on its huge Rovuma LNG project in Mozambique.

Those are, of course, secondary to the FEED contract for the actual LNG plant itself, which currently features a competition between Saipem, Bechtel, and an alliance of JGC and Technip Energies, all contesting for the job, with the winner expected to deliver the main engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning contract.

The supermajor is on course of taking Final Investment Decision on the 18Million tonnes per annum Liquefied Natural Gas Plant which will monetise trillions of cubic feet of gas in the Area 4 concession in deepwater Rovuma Basin.

In one of the new tenders, the work scope involves engineering, procurement and construction contract providing a 2,500-person construction camp in Cabo Delgado province, expanding the existing 500-bed pioneer camp at Afungi to accommodate an extra 700 beds, construction of a permanent camp able to house about 2500 beds and providing operations, maintenance and security services for both the pioneer and permanent camps, during and after their construction periods as well as clearing and grubbing — the removal of trees, shrubs, stumps and rubbish — in ‘strategic’ zones that cover a total estimated area of 418,000 square metres. The contractor will also be handling engineering, procurement, fabrication, shipping, construction, installation, commissioning and project management of these work scopes.

A second tender calls for a FEED plus optional EPCI contract for the subsea-to-shore gas gathering facilities, involving the deepwater installation of subsea manifolds, foundations, control distribution systems, flying leads and rigid well jumpers, as well as installation of umbilicals in onshore, shallow water, and deepwater domains. This tender includes the EPCI of pipelines in onshore, shallow water and deepwater environments and deepwater in-field flowlines, rigid jumper spools and other subsea kit. This bid covers dredging, relocating corals and seagrasses and escarpment crossings and also includes mechanical completion, pre-commissioning and commissioning support of the subsea hardware, including the two main umbilicals — running from the gas field to shore — and nine in-field umbilicals which are being secured by ExxonMobil under a separate EPC contract.

ExxonMobil has been reported as saying it would take a final investment decision in 2025 on the project, which rolled off to the back of the burner in 2021 due to fatal attacks by Islamist insurgents on Palma town and its environs in Cabo Delgado province, including the Afungi construction site for its LNG trains — and those for TOTALENERGIES’ smaller 13Million TPA Mozambique LNG project.

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