Gimi receives force majeure claim for FLNG from BP Mauritania
Gimi MS Corp., a subsidiary of Golar LNG Ltd, received written notification of a force majeure claim from BP Mauritania Investments Ltd (“BP”) under the Lease and Operate Agreement, dated February 26, 2019, between the Company and BP, relating to the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project, the company said in its release.
The Notice received from BP claims that due to the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) around the globe, BP is not able to be ready to receive the floating liquefied natural gas facility “GIMI” on the target connection date in 2022.
BP estimates at this stage that the consequential delay caused by the claimed force majeure event is in the order of one year and that it is not currently possible to mitigate or shorten this delay. Golar has asked BP to clarify how a force majeure event discovered as recently as the end of March 2020 could immediately impact the schedule by an estimated one year.
Based on the information received as of today the Company is engaging in clarification and an active dialogue with BP to establish the duration of the delay and the extent to which this has been caused by the claimed force majeure event.
However, in anticipation of a potential delay, the Company has commenced discussions with its main building contractor, Keppel Shipyard Limited (“Keppel”), to re-schedule activities in order to reduce and reprofile its capital spending commitments for 2020 and 2021.