MONACO, Dec. 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GasLog Ltd. (“GasLog”, NYSE: GLOG), an international owner, operator and manager of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) carriers, today announces that Keppel Shipyard Limited (“Keppel”) has begun ordering long lead items (“LLI’s”) required for the conversion of a GasLog or GasLog Partners LP (“GasLog Partners”, NYSE: GLOP) LNG carrier to a floating storage and re-gasification unit (“FSRU”).
The LLI’s include pumps, vaporizers, heat exchangers and low duty compressors, which are vital equipment for the conversion process. The LLI’s take approximately 12 months to deliver at a total cost of around $16 million.
Ordering the LLI’s reduces the time necessary to convert an LNG carrier from between 18-20 months to 6-8 months once the LLI’s are delivered.
Keppel is the world’s leading shipyard for FSRU conversions, having carried out 3 successful conversion projects in the past.
Securing the LLI’s at this time, puts GasLog in a position to offer a fast track solution for FSRU projects in the future. GasLog is working on a number of potential projects where the LLI’s could be used in a vessel conversion and has a number of well suited candidates for conversion in its fleet of LNG carriers.
Paul Wogan, Chief Executive Officer of GasLog Ltd., stated: “GasLog’s success in developing both its FSRU capability and its industry relationships has allowed the early ordering of the LLI’s. This is a reflection of the progress we are making with a number of different projects around the world.”
About GasLog Ltd.
GasLog is an international owner, operator and manager of LNG carriers. GasLog’s fully-owned fleet includes 19 LNG carriers (including 13 ships in operation and 5 LNG carriers on order) and GasLog has four LNG carriers operating under its technical management for third parties. GasLog Partners LP, a master limited partnership formed by GasLog, owns a further nine LNG carriers. GasLog’s principal executive offices are at Gildo Pastor Center, 7 Rue du Gabian, MC 98000, Monaco. GasLog’s website is http://www.gaslogltd.com.
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Factors that might cause future results and outcomes to differ include, but are not limited to the following:
- general LNG shipping market conditions and trends, including spot and long-term charter rates, ship values, factors affecting supply and demand of LNG and LNG shipping and technological advancements;
- continued low prices for crude oil and petroleum products;
- our ability to enter into time charters with new and existing customers;
- changes in the ownership of our charterers;
- our customers’ performance of their obligations under our time charters;
- our future operating performance, financial condition, liquidity and cash available for dividends and distributions;
- our ability to obtain financing to fund capital expenditures, acquisitions and other corporate activities, funding by banks of their financial commitments, and our ability to meet our restrictive covenants and other obligations under our credit facilities;
- future, pending or recent acquisitions of or orders for ships or other assets, business strategy, areas of possible expansion and expected capital spending or operating expenses;
- the time that it may take to construct and deliver newbuildings and the useful lives of our ships;
- number of off-hire days, drydocking requirements and insurance costs;
- fluctuations in currencies and interest rates;
- our ability to maintain long-term relationships with major energy companies;
- our ability to maximize the use of our ships, including the re-employment or disposal of ships not under time charter commitments;
- environmental and regulatory conditions, including changes in laws and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities;
- the expected cost of, and our ability to comply with, governmental regulations and maritime self-regulatory organization standards, requirements imposed by classification societies and standards imposed by our charterers applicable to our business;
- risks inherent in ship operation, including the discharge of pollutants;
- availability of skilled labor, ship crews and management;
- potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, political events, piracy or acts by terrorists;
- potential liability from future litigation;
- any malfunction or disruption of information technology systems and networks that our operations rely on or any impact of a possible cybersecurity breach; and
- other risks and uncertainties described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the SEC on March 14, 2016 and available at http://www.sec.gov.
We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events, a change in our views or expectations or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of these factors. Further, we cannot assess the impact of each such factor on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to be materially different from those contained in any forward-looking statement.
The declaration and payment of dividends are at all times subject to the discretion of our board of directors and will depend on, amongst other things, risks and uncertainties described above, restrictions in our credit facilities, the provisions of Bermuda law and such other factors as our board of directors may deem relevant.