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Flex LNG announce time charter extensions with Cheniere

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Flex LNG, Ltd has announced an extension of the time charter agreements with Cheniere Marketing International LLP (CMI) for the three LNG carriers: Flex Endeavour, Flex Ranger, and Flex Vigilant. Prior to this agreement, the three ships have approximately six years in aggregate of remaining firm charter period, and the new agreement extends the charter periods for up to an additional 19 years in aggregate.

Under the agreement, CMI early declares the original 1+1-year optional periods for all the three vessels. Additionally, Flex LNG and CMI have agreed to an extension of the existing time charter agreements for Flex Endeavour and Flex Vigilant. The new period is for up to 1800 days (additional approximately five years) for both Flex Endeavour and Flex Vigilant.

The minimum firm extension period for Flex Endeavour is 1300 days from 1Q27 to 3Q30. In addition, CMI has a 500-days extension option to be declarable in 2Q24 for the period 3Q30 to 1Q32. In the event this 500-days option is declared, CMI will also have the option to extend Flex Endeavour for a further one-year period from 1Q32 to 1Q33.

The minimum firm extension period for Flex Vigilant is 1600 days from 2Q26 to 4Q30. In addition, CMI has a 200-days extension option to be declarable in 3Q23 for the period 3Q30 to 2Q31. In the event this 200-days option is declared, CMI will also have the option to further extend Flex Vigilant for a two-year period from 2Q31 to 2Q33.

The Flex Ranger will thus be redelivered to Flex LNG in the period between March or April 2027 after completing her original 5.5-year time charter with CMI.

Øystein Kalleklev, CEO of Flex LNG Management AS, commented: “We are pleased to announce extension of another three ships, this time with CMI which is a major customer of Flex LNG which we share a very good working relationship with. Today, we have five ships on charter with CMI as we this year also delivered Flex Volunteer and recently Flex Aurora on time charters to them.

“What we also appreciate is that we once again are announcing extension of ships with an existing first-class charterer which clearly demonstrates the attractiveness of not only our fuel-efficient LNG carriers, but also the high service level of professionalism of the entire organisation from seafarers to the people onshore.

“With this agreement, CMI will continue to charter these three ships for an aggregate period of up to 25 years with a minimum period of around 20 years in aggregate. In addition, there is about 6.5 years of minimum backlog for Flex Volunteer and Flex Aurora with CMI with an additional four years of optional backlog for these two ships. Together with CMI we will thus ensure safe and low emission transportation of LNG to a fuel starved world.

“At the same time, we are further increasing earnings visibility and our minimum contractual backlog. Following this agreement our minimum contractual backlog is about 63 years or about five years on average per ship. As part of the agreement, we also have a firm redelivery slot for the Flex Ranger in early 2027, which is then our first fully open ship. This means we can market Flex Ranger for new business opportunities as this ship has an earlier redelivery than the delivery slots that yards today can offer for a newbuilding.”

Corey Grindal, EVP, Worldwide Trading, Cheniere Energy, Inc, added: “We are pleased to extend these three charters with Flex LNG Ltd and to further build upon the strong relationship between our two companies. This extension will help us to continue to safely meet growing global demand for the cleaner, reliable energy provided by LNG. As one the largest producers of LNG worldwide, Cheniere is ideally positioned to collaborate with partners across the LNG value chain to improve overall emissions in the industry and advance the global transition to a lower-carbon future. These large Flex LNG vessels are some of the most efficient available on the market and align with our efforts to continue to lower overall fleet emissions.”

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