Petroleum Geo-Services has secured credit financing in Japan for the new builds. PGS recently ordered two new generation Ramform Titan-class vessels, with options for another two vessels, from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.
Deliveries of the two first vessels are in Q1 and Q4 2013.
The estimated total cost for each of the two vessels to be delivered in 2013 is approximately $250 million, including commissioning and a comprehensive seismic equipment package, but excluding capitalized interest.
Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS) has through a wholly owned subsidiary signed two loan agreements for together $250 million to finance the two new builds. The lenders are Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) with Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) insuring the SMBC portions of the loans.
The loans will have a tenor of 12 year from delivery of the vessels with semi-annual equal installments. Lenders will have first priority mortgage in the two vessels. Half the loan will bear fixed interest rate while the other half will have a revolving 6 months floating interest plus a margin. Expected interest rate p.a. including insurance premium to NEXI is estimated to be approximately 2.30%.
Press Release, October 10, 2012; Image: pgs