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BP delays FLNG delivery for Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (Senegal-Mauritania)

9 Apr 2020

BP has sent to Golar LNG a force majeure notice seeking to delay the delivery of a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility for its its Greater Tortue Ahmeyim gas project offshore Mauritania and Senegal from 2022 to 2023. BP was expected to take delivery of a 2.5 Mt/year near-shore FLNG plant in 2022 and to charter it for 20 years. Golar LNG will hold talks with BP to establish the duration of the delay.

In 2017, Kosmos Energy and BP announced a major gas discovery in the Yakaar-1 exploration well of the Ahmeyim (Tortue) prospect on the maritime border between Mauritania and Senegal. The block is estimated to hold 425 bcm of gas and will be developed by national oil and gas companies SMHPM (Mauritania), Petrosen (Senegal), BP, and Kosmos. It will produce around 3.4 bcm/year of gas that would be liquefied by a 2.5 Mt/year FLNG supplied by Golar LNG (it could later be expanded to 10 Mt/year). In February 2020, Kosmos Energy signed a 20-year Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with BP's subsidiary BP Gas Marketing to supply 2.45 Mt/year of LNG from the first phase of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim gas project.

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