Samsung swallows contract cancellation
SEOUL, April 29, 2016 – Samsung Heavy Industries on Friday confirmed the cancellation of an engineering, procurement, construction and installation contract for three floating LNG vessels.
Awarded conditionally in July 2015 by the Browse joint venture, comprising Woodside Petroleum, Shell, BP, Mitsubishi-Mitsui and PetroChina, the cancellation represents a USD 4.6 billion setback for the South Korean shipbuilder.
The FLNG vessels, each with a production capacity of between 3.5 million and 4 million tonnes of LNG per year, would have been put to work on the Browse development project offshore Western Australia. Located in 750 m of water, the three fields included in the project – Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa – are estimated to hold contingent resources of 453 million barrels of condensate and 436 bcm (15.4 tcf) of gas.
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