First gas from Eni’s ground-breaking Coral South floating liquefied natural gas project offshore Mozambique could flow as early as September, according to three well-placed sources.

Publicly, Eni has always said that first production from the Coral Sul FLNG in Area 4 will take place in the second half of this year, declining to be more specific.

However, a trio of contacts with insight into the project said the official target date is early October, but for reasons of political kudos, a stretch target of about mid-September — perhaps even earlier — is being seriously contemplated.