Golar sells NFE shares to fund FLNG projects

Tor Olav Troim-led Golar LNG has sold a part of the shares it holds in US LNG firm New Fortress Energy as it looks to grow the company’s FLNG business.

Golar said in a statement on Wednesday it has offloaded about one-third of the 18.6 million NFE shares received upon completion of the sale of Hygo Energy Transition in April 2021.

The firm expects to raise net proceeds from the sale of about $250 million. Golar said it would seek to deploy these proceeds to FLNG growth projects.

“Golar is excited about new FLNG growth prospects, including those being pursued by NFE and plans to remain a supportive shareholder for the foreseeable future,” Karl Fredrik Staubo, CEO of Golar, said.

Staubo recently told analysts that the company expects to win a new FLNG contract within 2022.

Golar is now focusing on its FLNG business following the completion of the NFE deal last year and the launch of new LNG shipping firm CoolCo with Idan Ofer’s EPS.

The company’s FLNG Hilli Episeyo, world’s first converted FLNG vessel, continues to perform well offshore Cameroon with a 100 percent commercial uptime.

Also, the conversion work of Gimi has recently reached 80 percent completion. The 2.5 mtpa Gimi FLNG should start serving BP’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project under a 20-year deal next year.

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