New York-listed Golar LNG has decided to pay tens of millions of dollars to an Asian shipyard to ensure that a floating liquefied natural gas vessel being built for a BP project in Africa remains on schedule for completion.

Keppel Shipyard in Singapore is fabricating the Gimi FLNG vessel which will be deployed in the first phase of BP’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim (GTA) project offshore Senegal and Mauritania.

Golar owns a 70% stake in the vessel through Gimi MS Corporation, with the remaining interest held by First FLNG Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Asia Infrastructure Fund.