US-based Chevron’s subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Company has commenced liquefied natural gas (LNG) production at the Angola LNG project.

The project, which is worth about $10bn, will collect and carry natural gas from offshore Angola to an onshore liquefaction plant on the coast near the Congo River.

The project can produce about 5.2 million metric tons of LNG per year and 63,000 barrels of oil per day for export.

In addition, the plant will flow about 125 million cubic feet of natural gas for domestic consumption.

Chevron vice chairman George Kirkland said the first gas at Angola LNG is an important milestone in support of the company’s strategic plan to increase production.

"This project will commercialize natural gas resources in western Africa to meet growing demand in the region and internationally," Kirkland added.

The project will also use affiliated natural gas produced from existing crude oil operations that are operated by chevron and other partners.