The first shipment of liquefied natural gas from Eni’s ground breaking $7 billion Coral floating LNG project offshore Mozambique has left the field.

Located in the Rovuma basin in deepwater Area 4 – where Eni’s partners are US-based ExxonMobil, CNPC in China, Portugal’s Galp, Kogas of Korea and state-owned ENH – the newbuild FLNG vessel has a capacity of 3.4 million tonnes per annum.

This is the first LNG project to come online in Mozambique which has huge reserves of gas, most of which is destined to be exploited via subsea tiebacks to major onshore trains, although those schemes have been delayed due to security issues on the ground.