Angola LNG plant needs huge rebuild

Joseph Millis
ANGOLA’S liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant faces a lengthy closure and massive reconstruc­tion work to fix design flaws and corrosion of its nearly-new equip­ment, which will add at least $12bn (£7.3bn) to the project’s cost.

US oil group Chevron, its biggest shareholder, accepted there were design problems with the project, which began product­ion last year but shut down this April after a series of fires and mechanical troubles.

A consortium of investors, which apart from Chevron includes Angolan state energy firm Sonangol, BP, Total and Eni, contracted US engineering giant Bechtel to build the technically advanced plant on the Atlantic coast 300km north of the capital, Luanda.

Chevron chief executive John Watson told Reuters: “This is our respon­si­b­ility… The part­nership consort­ium chose the contrac­tor. We’ve run into some design issues. We’re working to correct them.”