London and Tel Aviv-listed Greek firm Energean this week reported that the start-up of its key expansion project, Israel’s 2.2tcf Karish offshore field, is “now expected in mid-2022 following the re-introduction of enhanced Covid-19 related restrictions in Singapore.” Here work on the project’s FPSO is being undertaken at Sembcorp’s Admiralty yard at the behest of EPC contractor TechnipFMC.

Originally set to come online in Q1 2021, Karish start-up was subsequently delayed to Q4 2021 and then in February Energean said first gas could slip into Q1 2022 (MEES, 19 February). Whilst Energean’s 24 May trading update gives a spuriously accurate 90.6% figure for overall project completion as of end-April, with 95.6% for the 800mn cfd-capacity FPSO, MEES sources estimate first gas could face further delays to Q4 of next year. (CONTINUED - 758 WORDS)