Last week in Cairo, the Afreximbank signed a Heads of Terms to support the establishment by UTM Offshore of the first Africa-owned floating LNG unit in Nigeria. Both companies had already signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the end of last year.
UTM Offshore has been working for a couple of years on deploying a floating unit that would process flared gas into LNG for the export market. In 2021, it received a License to Establish (LTE) and teamed up with LNG Investment Management Services (LIMS), a subsidiary of NNPC Ltd, to advance the project.
It has now been joined by several international financial and technical partners, including KBR as owner’s engineer, and a consortium of JGC Corp. and Samsung Heavy Industries to execute the FEED. A final investment decision (FID) is expected in 2023 for a commissioning in 2026.