Golar LNG has begun loading operations of the first commissioning cargo at a floating storage and regasification unit that forms part of a gas-to-power project in north-eastern Brazil.

The Golar Nanook FSRU started taking gas from Golar’s Hilli Episeyo floating liquefied natural gas vessel at the Port of Sergipe on Tuesday, the Oslo-listed offshore contractor said.

The cargo is the sixteenth to be shipped by the Hilli Episeyo, which off Cameroon for Perenco.

Golar took delivery of the Nanook in late September from South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries. It arrived in Brazil early this year to begin a 25-year charter for the 1.5 gigawatt Sergipe power project.

The vessel has storage capacity of 170,000 cubic metres per day of natural gas.

The Sergipe project features a liquefied natural gas terminal with regasification capacity of up to 14 million cubic metres per day with a submerged soft yoke mooring system and gas-fired power plant.

Local power player Celse is investing in the project, which is expected to have a total cost of $1.8 billion, in the Barra dos Coqueiros municipality.

Golar this week also confirmed the award of a lease-and-operate deal to supply an FLNG unit to BP for the first phase of the UK supermajor’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim field development off Mauritania and Senegal.

BP will use the FLNG unit, named Gimi, as a nearshore liquefaction facility located on the maritime border between the two countries under the 20-year charter deal, beginning in 2022.

The Gimi has now been relocated from layup to Keppel Shipyard in Singapore.

Golar reported a net loss for 2018 of $231.43 million, up from a net loss in 2017 of $179.7 million.

Operating revenues were $430.6 million as compared with $143.5 million a year earlier.

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