Sasol, Eni and ENH to conduct study for GTL facility in Mozambique

gtl-stefano-campolo-flickrEni is operator of Area 4 in the deep waters of the Rovuma Basin. (Image source: Stefano Campolo/Flickr)Eni, along with Sasol and Mozambique’s Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarburos (ENH), will conduct an initial study to build a large gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility in the East African nation

The joint pre-feasibility study will assess the viability of such a plant in the region, Johannesburg-based Sasol said in a statement.

Eni has found about 2.1 trillion cu m of gas offshore Mozambique in Area 4 of the Rovuma Basin. The country may have seven trillion cu m of reserves, according to state-owned oil company ENH.

Sasol had started its first GTL plant outside South Africa in Qatar in 2007. With Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Chevron, it has built a similar facility in the west African nation.

Sasol has also said that will make a final investment choice on a US GTL plant in two years after it decided on an associated ethane cracker in Westlake, Louisiana. The GTL facility, which may produce 96,000 barrels of fuel a day, is estimated to cost as much as US$14bn and would be the first of its kind in the US, Bloomberg News said.

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