EXMAR’s Caribbean FLNG project

Drill ships, Energy, LNG, Supply ships, Underwater Shipping — By on November 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

EXMAR logo untitledEXMAR is pleased to announce two keystone events in its Caribbean FLNG project:  On 5th November, Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (TSX:PRE) and Gazprom Marketing & Trade Limited (“GM&T”)  announced the execution of a Heads of Agreement (“HOA”) with respect to a five year Sale and Purchase  Agreement (“SPA”) covering approximately 0.5 million tons per year of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) FOB Colombia  (Caribbean Sea) commencing commercial operations in the second quarter of 2015. This LNG cargo will be  produced in, and loaded from, EXMAR’s Caribbean FLNG barge.

Last week, Wison Offshore & Marine Ltd successfully completed the installation of the three LNG storage tanks into  the hull of the Caribbean FLNG barge, reaching a significant milestone in the construction of the world’s first  floating LNG production unit. With this major activity completed, the pathway is clear for installing the deck and  topsides of the barge.

EXMAR’s CEO, Nicolas Saverys, stated “The execution of a Heads of Agreement between our customer, PRE, and  the major international gas company GM&T is an important step in the implementation of the project’s marketing strategy. Having a leading gas company like GM&T signing offtake from our Caribbean FLNG project is strong industry recognition of our barge-based FLNG strategy. Our project is progressing on schedule, and expected to be
mechanically completed in April 2014, with ‘sail away’ in the fall of 2014 in order to be ready to start commercial  operations in the second quarter of 2015.”

EXMAR is also pleased to announce that, together with its Joint-Venture partner Teekay LNG (TGP),  it has declared options to build two additional Midsize LPG carriers at Hanjin Heavy Industries. These bring the  total of newbuildings for EXMAR LPG BVBA to 12 vessels, four of which are currently being built at Hyundai MIPO  and eight will be built at Hanjin. Delivery of these vessels will be between February 2014 and May 2018.

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