Latest LNG unit now effective


Nigeria has inaugurated a 6th unit at its largest natural gas export plant, lifting annual shipments by a fifth to 22 million tpy, an official declared during the past few weeks.

The $1.6bn unit took 3 years to build and should raise annual sales of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the whole complex, located on Bonny Island in the southern Niger Delta, to around $6bn.

“It produced its first LNG on 23rd December (2007) and is now going through performance tests,” said Ifeanyi Mbanefo, a spokesman for the plant.

Nigeria LNG is controlled by a group of Western companies that produce all the plant’s feedstock, these being Royal Dutch Shell, Total and Eni unit Agip. State-run Nigeria National Petroleum Corp. owns 49%.

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