Chevron starts LNG work in Angola

June 17, 2013 at 7:11 AM

SAN RAMON, Calif., June 17 (UPI) -- A Chevron Corp. subsidiary announced it started initial production from a $10 billion liquefied natural gas project in Angola.

Chevron Corp. said its regional subsidiary, Cabinda Gulf Oil Co. Ltd., started producing LNG at one of the largest facilities in the region with a peak production capacity of approximately 5.2 million tons of LNG per day.

Chevron, which has headquarters in California, said Angola LNG will process natural gas offshore, thereby reducing the amount of natural gas flared from oil production as well as reducing emissions tied to industrial activity.

"The project represents the first LNG project in Angola, and it is expected to contribute to the development of Angola's natural gas industry," Chevron's regional President Ali Moshiri said in a statement Sunday.

Angola is a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Most of the natural gas found associated with offshore oil fields is burned off, or flared, during processing.

Chevron said 125 million cubic feet per day of unprocessed natural gas would be used for domestically.

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