Keppel cleared to start conversion of Tortue FLNG vessel

Golar LNG has secured a firm $700-million underwritten financing commitment for the FLNG Gimi for the first phase of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim gas-condensate project offshore Mauritania and Senegal.

FLNG Hilli Episeyo
FLNG Hilli Episeyo

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OSLO, NorwayGolar LNG has secured a firm $700-million underwritten financing commitment for the FLNGGimi for the first phase of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim gas-condensate project offshore Mauritania and Senegal.

The vessel is due to start a 20-year Tortue contract for operator BP in 2022.

Golar subsidiary Gimi MS has sentKeppel Shipyard in Singapore a final notice to proceed with converting a Moss LNG carrier into the FLNG Gimi under a $947-million contract.

Keppel Shipyard’s scope includes design, detailed engineering, and procurement of the marine systems and other construction services. This will be similar to the work done on the company’s firstFLNG vesselHilli Episeyo for the same client. Delivery is scheduled for the first half of 2022.

The vessel will be stationed at a near-shore hub on the Mauritania and Senegal maritime border. It will produce on average 2.5 MM metric tons/yr (2.75 MM tons) of LNG.

Golar has also received a notice to proceed with the conversion and subsequent purchase of the 2005-built LNG carrierGolar Viking to a Croatian FSRU facility from developer LNG Hrvatska.

The Hudong yard will perform the conversion works.

04/17/2019

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