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Cameroon projects natural gas output to peak at 1.2m tonnes

APAnews | The production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Cameroon could peak at 1.2 million tonnes a year, beginning next year, according to projections by the National Hydrocarbons Company (SNH).

The company says this projection is attainable with the expected arrival in the intervening days of a floating plant in the southern town of Kribi, inside sources said on Tuesday.

SNH, the state agency for oil and gas transactions confirmed the arrival in Cameroon of the new floating natural gas liquefaction plant, named Hilli Episeyo ship, which left Singapore on October 12, 2017.

According to the same sources, the plant has a production capacity of 1.2 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year and an infrastructure liquefaction capacity of 2.4 million tonnes of LNG is expected to provide 30,000 tonnes gas for households and very light oil for the refinery, representing about 1.8 million barrels.

If these are anything to go by, Cameroon will soon be able to sell on the international LNG market 1.2 million tonnes per year, all this as part of a project to anticipate the production of liquefied natural gas in the country, pending the construction of a dry land factory, not far from the deep-water port of Kribi.

Adolphe Moudiki, SNH’s Managing Director said: “In addition to substantial revenue for the public treasury, generated by hydrocarbon sales and domestic gas production, the benefits of this important project will help create jobs and business opportunities for national companies”.

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  1. While floating LNG production processing and storage ships offer a number of industry benefits, there are a few challenges and limitations they have to overcome.Natural forces are one of the most prominent hurdles for floating LNG plants. Since these facilities are stationed on the open water, everything is exposed to harsh elements. For example, during production and storage, wave motion and currents can cause sloshing in partially filled tanks, which can lead to spillage.Plus floating LNG facilities may provide a more cost-effective means of production and transport, but these plants will need specially designed items to ensure proper operation. specialized LNG containment system will need to be installed to prevent sloshing due to instability.

  2. Natural Gas is a flammable gas, consisting mainly of methane (CH4), occurring in underground reservoirs often mixed with oil.Natural gas is found in underground rocks called reservoirs. The rocks have tiny spaces in them (called pores) that allow them to hold water, natural gas and/or oil. The natural gas is trapped underground by impermeable rock (called cap-rock), and stays there until it is extracted.Conventional natural gas can be extracted through drilling wells. Unconventional forms of natural gas like shale gas, tight gas, sour gas, coalbed methane and gas hydrates have specific extraction techniques. Natural gas can also be found in reservoirs with oil and is extracted alongside oil; this is called associated gas. In the past, this gas was commonly flared (burned off)

  3. Natural gas development (in USA) has increased as a result of technological advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.When natural gas is burned, there are fewer greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants when compared to other fossil fuels. In fact, when used to produce electricity, natural gas emits approximately half the carbon emissions of coal.Despite fewer emissions, natural gas is still a source of greenhouse gases and like all fossil fuels, is a nonrenewable resource. In addition, methane is a potent greenhouse gas itself, having nearly thirty four times the impact of CO2. During drilling, natural gas can escape into the atmosphere and contribute to climate change. Natural gas leaks are also dangerous to nearby communities because it is colorless and odorless.

    • What’s your point in relation to the news above?

      • If you cannot read , pleas feel free to go back to Primary school. If your problem is mental retardation , then am sorrry, I cannot help with that. natural gas can escape into the atmosphere and contribute to climate change. Natural gas leaks are also dangerous to nearby communities because it is colorless and odorless.Cautionary

        • Rubish write ups.
          Kamerun needs to industrialize by any means.
          We are not at the west level to worry about clean whatever.
          I ge all that clean energy.
          Good for sure, but this is western way to maintain Africa in under development.
          We are happy for the new plant and unfortunately it is not in ambazonia otherwise you would have rejoiced.

  4. Thankyou Korak @ for your imformed comments . The price of this plant is possibly the eqivilant of at least 40 boeing aircrafts so i doubht the goverment owns this outright without partners so dont get how they reckon entire selling income is going into their piggybank,
    .If its getting liquified its going somehere else ..
    ..maybe the flaring gas will be used localy …at least that will help lower geen house emissions in comparison to other flaring facilities worldwide ,provides cheap national energy and thus finally…creates jobs.

  5. Diversification of energy sources is the order of the day and smart leadership pays attention to technical expertise in analyzing processes, costs, environmental impact, etc. The worst thing to do is bury hard earned money into white elephant projects that offer no returns or do so accompanied by unwanted side effects.

    There is reason why uranium mining in Ngaoundere is making haste very slowly. All the huge investment in Mr. President’s Plan B( mini Matap, Kribi, Memvele) will take a long time to yield dividends to satiate Father Christmas ( Mme Lagarde and her team at WB, IMF).
    Which brings us to solar energy and driverless cars. Gas stations will slowly make way for charging stations as fossil fuel yields to hybrids and electric cars, n’est-ce pas? All those eggs, one basket?

    • True Mr Dinga @ it can all happen meanwhile on a smaller scale ,since two of the main bicycle hire firms went bankrupt in china ( there where too many on offer ) and they are piled high into a mountain it would be nice to get a part of it given as a “envolope ” and disributed for use all over Cameroon just to positively change lives ..a bit ,while we wait .