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Exmar CEO welcomes cargo sales deal

LNG Industry,

Exmar’s CEO, Nicolas Saverys, has lauded the cargo sales deal between Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (PRE) and Gazprom Marketing & Trade Limited (GM&T) as part of the Carribean FLNG project, as one that speaks to Exmar’s successful FLNG strategy.

On 5th November, PRE and GM&T announced the execution of a heads of agreement (HOA) with respect to a five year sale and purchase agreement (SPA) for free-on-board cargoes from the Carribean FLNG project, and covering the purchase of 0.5 million tpa of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

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 completed, the path is clear for installing the deck and topsides of the barge.

Strong strategy, succesful schedule

Saverys, said: “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 off-take 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 has also announced that, together with its joint venture partner Teekay LNG (TGP), it has options to build two additional midsize LPG carriers at Hanjin Heavy Industries. These bring the total number 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.

Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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