UK-based player in subsea, onshore/offshore and surface projects TechnipFMC has entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to sell the Global 1201 S-lay and heavy-lift and pipelay vessel in an effort to optimize the profile and size of its subsea fleet.
The MOA is subject to certain conditions precedent to complete the transaction. The global oil and gas services company expects to complete the sale in December as these conditions are met, including delivery of the vessel in December 2019.
The MOA also includes a Collaboration Agreement with the buyer that would provide five years of exclusivity for a list of named subsea projects in a specific jurisdiction and the right of first refusal for other projects not specifically named in the Collaboration Agreement.
Due to this MOA, TechnipFMC also reviewed the carrying value of the G1200 vessel, the sister vessel to the G1201, of similar design, asset class and functionality.
As a result of the proposed sales price of the G1201 and its current book value and the book value of the G1200, its sister vessel, TechnipFMC has recorded a non-cash asset impairment charge. The total non-cash charge was $125 million for both vessels and was recorded in the third quarter of 2019.