Marathon Oil signs agreement to process third party volumes through existing Equatorial Guinea infrastructure
Marathon Oil Corporation has executed a Heads of Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and necessary third parties establishing the framework for processing third-party natural gas volumes through the Alba Plant LLC’s liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) processing plant and EG LNG’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facility, both located in Punta Europa, EG. Marathon Oil, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, is the majority shareholder in both Alba Plant LLC and EG LNG.
With the Punta Europa facilities becoming a hub for the potential development of local and regional natural gas, the project will sustain the operating rates of the Alba Gas Plant and prolong the life of the EG LNG plant, both of which are proven integrated gas assets with high reliability and low capital demands.
The existing processing facilities require only minor modifications to accommodate the third-party gas. New volumes from the third party are anticipated early in the next decade.
The Punta Europa parties include Alba Plant LLC, Alba Unit and Equatorial Guinea LNG Train 1, S.A. (EGLNG). The interest holders in Alba Plant LLC include Marathon Oil, Samedan of North Africa, LLC (a subsidiary of Noble Energy Inc.) and Sociedad Nacional de Gas de Guinea Ecuatorial (Sonagas G.E. S.A.).
The interest holders in Alba Unit are Marathon Oil, Samedan and Compania Nacional de Petroleos de Guinea Ecuatorial (GEPetrol). The shareholders of EG LNG’s holding company include Marathon Oil, Sonagas, Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and Marubeni Gas Development UK Limited.