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A BP subsidiary has issued a force majeure notice regarding a floating LNG vessel servicing the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project.

BP Mauritania Investments served the notice on Gimi MS, owned by Golar LNG, because of the coronavirus pandemic. In February last year, Gimi MS signed a 20-year lease and operate agreement with BP for the charter of the vessel.

The Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project is located in West Africa, on the maritime borders of Mauritania and Senegal.

Golar LNG said BP will not be ready to accept the Gimi floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility on the target connection date in 2022.

Gimi MS designed the FLNG facility to provide approximately 2.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum, with the total gas resources in the field estimated to be about 15 trillion cubic feet.

Golar LNG said BP estimates it will delay delivery by one year, which cannot be shortened or mitigated at this point of time.

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A spokesperson said: “Based on the information received as of today the company 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 Limited, to re-schedule activities in order to reduce and reprofile its capital spending commitments for 2020 and 2021.”

Last month, BP awarded engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract to TechnipFMC for a floating storage, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit to be deployed on the same project.