Delivery of the first gas from Energean’s Israeli fields, which was due to start flowing at the end of this year, could slip by two to three months due to the coronavirus crisis.
Energean said on Jan. 21 there were delays in increasing the workforce building its FPSO vessel in Singapore, which was due to sail to Israel toward the end of the third quarter.
Energean, which selected TechnipFMC as its FPSO contractor, said this was primarily due to COVID-19 working conditions.
“Energean and its contractors are in ongoing discussions to achieve the required workforce numbers to deliver first gas around year-end,” the company said in a statement.
“However, in the case that no further ramp up in the workforce is achieved, first gas could slip by between two and three months, into 1Q 2022,” the company added.
Energean also said it believed that these adjustments were likely to be the subject of a so-called extension of time claim under force majeure. During a conference, CEO Mathios Rigas said he did not expect any issues with its gas buyers in Israel should there be a slight delay.
The eastern Mediterranean-focused company plans to spend $515 million to $590 million this year, with the bulk intended to get the Karish gas field, which lies off Israel, onstream.
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Rigas told Reuters last week that if 2022 is the first full year of production from Karish, Energean would aim to start paying dividends from the end of that year.
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