Golar Power reaches final investment decision on Sergipe Project
The board of Golar Power announced that it has approved taking a Final Investment Decision on the Porto de Sergipe Project, thereby enabling CELSE, the project company, to enter into a lump sum turn-key EPC agreement with General Electric to build, maintain and operate a 1.5 GW combined cycle power plant in Brazil. The executed EPC contract with General Electric, which makes up approximately 80% of the project cost, has been structured on a non-recourse basis to the sponsors Golar Power and Ebrasil with all liabilities limited to the project level. In connection with the Sergipe FID, Golar Power has entered into an Agreement to charter Golar Nanook, the November 2017 delivering new-build FSRU, for 25 years. The annual EBITDA contribution for Golar Power is currently projected to be US$39 million with upside potential for Golar Power from FSRU capacity not utilised by the Sergipe power plant. Golar Power has also increased its ownership in the Sergipe Project from 25% to 50%. The final price to be paid for the shares will depend on the performance of the project and the structure includes an option, which if exercised, limits the price to US$50 million. As Golar Power had previously committed to finance the selling shareholders' equity contribution in the project, the ownership uplift is expected to have a limited cash impact on Golar Power during construction. The total equity funding from Golar Power remains unchanged at an expected $165M.