Republic of the Congo for the first time an LNG exporter

Congo Brazzaville is now a liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporting country after years of either declining or stable domestic natural gas production.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its brief analysis yesterday said that the Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo Brazzaville, began exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the first time when the first phase of a two-phase floating LNG (FLNG) project began operating in February 2024.

The development of LNG export capacity will allow the country to monetize natural gas production that was previously either flared or reinjected into oil wells, according to the (EIA).

Congo Brazzaville held an estimated 10 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of proved natural gas reserves at the beginning of 2024.

Before the FLNG facility began operating, any natural gas production that was not consumed domestically was either flared or reinjected into crude oil wells to enhance crude oil recovery.

As it is reported by EIA, which cites information from the World Bank Group, Congo Brazzaville flared about 64 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas in 2022, more than four times its domestic natural gas production in 2022.

In a press statement the energy company Eni revealed earlier this year the first shipment of LNG from the Republic of the Congo, which signals the start-up of LNG production in the country.

Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi said the first LNG cargo from Congo was the result of the strong commitment of Eni and its partners, as well as the unwavering support of the government of the Republic of the Congo.