SOURCE: Golar LNG

April 21, 2008 02:59 ET

Dubai FSRU Project Final Commitment

HAMILTON, BERMUDA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2008) -


Golar LNG is pleased to announce the execution of a long term Floating Storage and Regasification (FSRU) time charter with Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP), the exclusive purchaser of natural gas in Dubai. The Golar Freeze will be converted to an FSRU, with delivery scheduled for 2Q10. The contract duration is for a period of 10 years with options to extend for up to a further five years. The estimated contract value (excluding the option period(s) is approximately US $450 million. The contract with Dubai represents Golar's fourth FSRU related project commitment since announcing plans to build the World's First FSRU in January 2006. Golar Freeze, following delivery to DUSUP in 2Q10, will be permanently moored alongside a purpose built jetty within the existing Jebel Ali port. The converted Golar Freeze will be capable of storing ~ 125,000 cubic meters of LNG and delivering up to 480 MCFD (~3 MTA) of regasified LNG to DUSUP for further delivery into the Dubai gas network. DUSUP will in addition to leasing the FSRU from Golar, own/ operate a purpose built jetty and a high pressure export pipeline. Shell, as DUSUP's appointed adviser for the project has worked closely with Golar in the development of this project.

Similar to Golar's first two FSRU commitments (Golar Spirit and Golar Winter), the technical scope for the FSRU project was worked in close cooperation with Moss Maritime. The work to modify the Golar Freeze is expected to commence Q4 2009. In parallel with this agreement, Golar has agreed to extend the duration of the charter of Golar Freeze to BG to align with the conversion timing for this project in return for redelivery of Hilli in place of Golar Freeze (scheduled for April 2008).

Golar's CEO Gary Smith highlighted the importance of working closely with Shell and DUSUP on this important project. "We are appreciative of the confidence DUSUP has shown in selecting Golar as the FSRU provider. We also acknowledge the important role played by Shell in facilitating and assuring this project". Smith went on to say " The Dubai FSRU project in combination with the Petrobras and Livorno projects are a clear demonstration of Golar's stated strategy of diversifying its activities and seeking greater participation across the mid stream activities of LNG. We are confident that we have now established a very strong and credible platform for further growth in this area; building on the significant long-term cash flow enhancement that these projects provide and thereby providing significant potential upside for Golar's shareholders".

Golar LNG Limited
Hamilton, Bermuda.
April 20, 2008.

Contacts:
Golar Management (UK) Ltd +44 (0) 207 517 8600
Gary Smith, CEO
Graham Robjohns, CFO





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