Fortuna FLNG Terminal

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Fortuna FLNG project is a floating LNG terminal under development off the coast of Equatorial Guinea.


This map shows the approximate location of block EG-27, formerly named Block R, the location of the FLNG project, in the territorial waters of Equatorial Guinea.

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Project Details

Original Project Details

  • Owner: Lukoil[1]
    • Previous Owners: Ophir Energy (33.8%), Golar LNG (33.1%), Schlumberger (33.1%)
  • Vessel Owner: Golar LNG[2]
  • Owners:
  • Location: block EG-27, formerly named Block R, offshore Equatorial Guinea[3]
  • Coordinates: 3.2, 7.6 (approximate)
  • Type: Export[3]
  • Trains: 4[3]
  • Capacity: 2.5 mtpa, 0.36 bcfd[3]
  • Status: Cancelled[4]
  • Start Year: 2020[3]

Re-proposed Project Details

  • Owner: New Fortress Energy[2]
  • Parent: New Fortress Energy[2]
  • Vessel Owner: Golar LNG[2]
  • Location: block EG-27, formerly named Block R, offshore Equatorial Guinea[2]
  • Coordinates: 3.2, 7.6 (approximate)
  • Type: Export[2]
  • Status: Proposed
  • Cost: US$1.5 billion[2]
  • Start Year:

Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day


Original Project

The UK-based oil & gas exploration company Ophir Energy and OneLNG (a joint venture of Norwegian LNG company Golar LNG and U.S. oilfield services company Schlumberger) are currently developing a proposal to build a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) terminal in Equatorial Guinea's Block R, off the southwest coast of Bamako Island. The terminal will consist of four production trains, and have a capacity of 2.5 million tons per year (mtpa), or 0.36 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd). It is expected to start production in 2020.[3]

Block R contains a total of 2,600 billion cubic feet of gas. The project would cost $2 billion.[3][5][6]

In May 2017, the three sponsoring companies signed an agreement with GEPetrol (Compañía Nacional De Petróleos De Guinea Ecuatorial), Equatorial Guinea's state-owned oil & gas company, establishing a legal framework for the project. Under the agreement, Equatorial Guinea has the right of ownership of up to 30% in the FNLG vessel. Also in May, Ophir awarded the construction contract for conversion of the LNG vessel Gandria to the Keppel Corporation's shipyard in Singapore.[7] The project's sponsors were still negotiating with Chinese lenders; once those negotiations are finished, the sponsors hope to issue their final investment decision (FID).[8]

The project, which has been bogged down by delayed financing since its inception, ran into further trouble in May of 2018 after U.S. oil services company Schlumberger pulled out of the venture.[9]

In January 2019, the project was officially cancelled. According to the Petroleum Economist, reasons for the cancellation were two-fold. First, Equatorial Guinea decided not to extend Ophir Energy's license on offshore block R, essentially cancelling the project. Equatorial Guinea's energy ministry made it clear they were running out of patience with Ophir and pulled the plug. Second, Ophir is currently in talks about a possible takeover by Indonesia's Medco Energi. The company was unable to overcome the financing vacuum left by the failure to strike a deal with Chinese backers in 2017-2018. The problem was compounded by the mid-2018 departure of Schlumberger from the Fortuna venture and OneLNG.[4]

Re-proposed Projects

In November 2019 Lukoil was awarded block EG-27, formerly named Block R. This was the same license formerly held by Ophir Energy for the development of the FLNG project. Ophir ran out of time for its plans to commercialize the gas resource and lost the license at the end of 2018.

In March 2022, Upstream reported that New Fortress Energy and Golar LNG were seeking to develop block EG-27. It is unclear if Lukoil is still a partner in the project.[2]

Articles and resources


  1. Ed Reed, Equatorial Guinea dishes out licences, Energy Voice, November 27, 2019
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Esau (i_esau), Iain; Helgesen (o_helgesen), Ole Ketil; Yihe (x_yihe), Xu; Afanasiev (v_afanasiev), Vladimir (2022-03-15). "Billionaires band together to revive FLNG project in Equatorial Guinea | Upstream Online". Upstream Online | Latest oil and gas news. Retrieved 2022-05-31.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Fortuna FLNG brochure, Ophir Energy website, accessed June 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ophir’s Fortuna FLNG finally bites the dust, Petroleum Economist, January 11, 2019
  5. Fortuna FLNG, Ophir Energy website, accessed June 2017.
  6. The LNG Industry: Annual Report 2017, International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers, accessed June 2017.
  7. Golar commissions Keppel for Fortuna FLNG vessel conversion, Offshore, 10 May 2017.
  8. Fortuna FLNG umbrella agreement signed, LNG World News, 2 May 2017.
  9. Sabina Zawadzki,Equatorial Guinea LNG project stumbles as Schlumberger quits, Reuters, MAY 31, 2018

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