PNG LNG project update

abarrelfullabarrelfull wrote on 07 Dec 2011 07:48
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Santos has been advised by Exxon Mobil, operator of the PNG LNG project, that due to the stronger Australian dollar the estimated capital cost of the project has increased by US$0.7 billion to US$15.7 billion. Santos’ 13.5% share of the increased capital cost is approximately US$100 million.

Santos is well positioned to manage the impact of a strong Australian dollar on project capital costs. The company’s Australian dollar denominated balance sheet means that PNG LNG US dollar capital costs are translated into Australian dollars at current exchange rates. In addition, Australian dollar cash balances and domestic gas sales revenues provide effective protection in the event of a sustained appreciation of the Australian dollar.

PNG LNG remains on schedule for first LNG in 2014.


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