Total buy 10 pc stake in Arctic LNG 2 project from Novatek

Total to buy 10 pc stake in Arctic LNG 2 project from Novatek

5:32 AM, 25th May 2018
Novatek Yamal LNG project.
Novatek Yamal LNG project.

PARIS, FRANCE: Total SA has signed an agreement with Novatek to acquire a direct working interest of 10 percent in Arctic LNG 2, a giant liquefied natural gas project lead by Novatek. The project is located on the Gydan Peninsula in the north of Siberia.

Taking account of Total’s approximate 19 percent stake in Novatek and Novatek’s intention to retain 60 percent of the project, the group's overall economic interest in this new LNG project will be approximately 21.5 percent.

If Novatek decides to reduce its participation below 60 percent, Total will have the possibility to increase its direct share up to 15 percent.

Novatek and Total have also agreed that Total will have the opportunity to acquire a 10 to 15 percent direct interest in Novatek's future LNG projects in Yamal and Gydan.

With a production capacity of approximately 19.8 million tons per year (Mt/year), or 535,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d), Arctic LNG 2 will unlock more than 7 billion boe of hydrocarbons’ resources in the onshore Utrenneye gas and condensate field. The project will involve the installation of three gravity-based structures in the Gulf of Ob on which will be installed the three liquefaction trains of 6.6 Mt/year capacity each.

In the same way, as for Yamal LNG, Arctic LNG 2 production will be delivered to international markets by a fleet of ice-class LNG carriers that will be able to use the Northern Sea Route for cargoes destined for Asia.

The final investment decision is expected in 2019, with plans to start up the first train by end 2023.

“Total is delighted to be part of this new world-class LNG project alongside its partner Novatek, leveraging the positive experience acquired in the successful Yamal LNG project. This project fits into our strategic partnership with Novatek and also with our sustained commitment to contribute to developing the vast gas resources in Russia’s far north which will primarily be destined for the strongly growing Asian market. Arctic LNG 2 will contribute to our strategy of growth in LNG by developing competitive projects based on giant low costs resources," said Patrick Pouyanne, chairman and CEO of Total.

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