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Golar LNG subsidiary receives FLNG 'Gimi' force majeure claim

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Gimi MS Corp., a subsidiary of Golar LNG Ltd, has received written notification of a force majeure claim from BP Mauritania Investments Ltd under the ‘Lease and Operate’ agreement, dated 26 February 2019, between the company and BP, relating to the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project.

The notice received from BP claims that due to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) around the globe, BP is not able to be ready to receive the floating LNG (FLNG) 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.

Gimi MS 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 Ltd, to re-schedule activities in order to reduce and reprofile its capital spending commitments for 2020 and 2021.

The company is evaluating the notice and reserves all of its rights under the agreement.

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