The Angola LNG project in south central Africa has made some progress in recent weeks, according to the Director of Public Relations for Angola LNG, Laurentino Silva.

Petroleum Africa reports that Silva explained the program for the construction of the pipeline to carry associated gas from the sea to the coast has now been launched.

Silva said that the 25km extension project will last 18 months and has been contracted out to two firms.

The pipeline will have three lines of 22, 20, and 18 inches, including an accessory in fibre optics for electronic control of pressure, temperature and detection of failures.

The pipeline will convey the associated and non-associated gas from production facilities from Blocks 0, 1, 2, 14, 15, 17, and 18 to the plant for processing of LNG and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and condensate.

Growth in Angola is almost entirely driven by rising oil production. The Republic is believed to be the 23rd largest country in the world, almost twice the size of the US state of Texas and thought to be the second largest petroleum and diamond producer in sub-Saharan Africa.

Oil production surpassed 1.4 million barrels per day in late 2005 and had been expected to grow to 2 million barrels per day by 2007.