LNGL Extends Gladstone Lease, Signs MOI to Progress Gas

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Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (ASX: LNG; OTC ADR: LNGLY) (LNGL or the Company) today announced that its 100% owned subsidiary, Gladstone LNG Pty Ltd has:
  • Agreed a Variation to the Agreement for Lease with the Gladstone Ports Corporation until 31 March 2016 in two phases. The first phase is an extension of the term from 1 November 2014 to 31 March 2015, with the Company paying an Option Fee of $500,000 and the second phase, at the Company’s election, is a further extension to 31 March 2016, with the payment of a further Option Fee of $1 million. There are no other material changes to the Agreement for Lease, which was initially signed on 4 May 2010;
  • Executed a non-binding MOI for a proposed gas sales agreement (GSA) with Tri-Star. TriStar and LNGL will work together to negotiate a legally binding GSA heads of agreement for 90 PJ/year of gas (260 TJ/d) from Tri-Star’s gas reserves for a term of 20 years. The parties, with the selected LNG buyer, will negotiate a tolling agreement for the processing of the Tri-Star gas through FLLNG to produce 1.5 mtpa of LNG; and
  • Commenced discussions with a number of LNG buyers for supply of the potential 1.5 mtpa of LNG from the first train to the Asian market. The proposed commercial agreements will incorporate a tolling agreement with the Company and a GSA with Tri-Star. These agreements will support the development of FLLNG’s first LNG train.

The Company plans to apply a similar tolling business model for FLLNG to that applied for its Magnolia LNG and Bear Head LNG projects in North America. Under this model, the Company takes no commodity risk and receives a fee to provide all liquefaction and LNG storage services. This model allows the Company to receive a monthly fee, typically over a 20 year term, with the toller contractually responsible for supply and transport of the gas to the FLLNG plant as well as for LNG sales and transport to LNG buyers.

The Company’s Managing Director Maurice Brand said, “the Variation to the Agreement for Lease with Gladstone Ports Corporation and MOI with Tri-Star are major steps towards recommencing the development of FLLNG”.

Mr Brand further said “shareholders need to be aware that a number of steps need to be finalised before the project could recommence, including executing a legally binding GSA; tolling agreement; engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning contract and project financing of both equity and a debt facility”.

As the Company had expended ~A$70 million on development and early construction works from mid-2007 to early 2010, the cost to update the project documentation, negotiate new commercial agreements and re-cost the FLLNG development is expected to be minimal. No significant capital will be committed until a number of the binding agreements are materially advanced. The Company will consider all FLLNG project financing options in parallel with the progress of binding project agreements.

The indicative project timetable is for FLLNG to recommence construction to coincide with TriStar’s date of first gas supply to the project. The construction of the project is expected to take approximately 36 months from Financial Close.

The Company is moving forward with engagement of a Brisbane based LNG executive to assist the LNGL Management team in updating FLLNG’s development plan, project schedule and all commercial agreements. The executive will work with Andrew Gould, LNGL Group Development Manager.

Mr Brand said, “the Board’s decision to move forward with the FLLNG project would not compromise the delivery of Magnolia LNG Financial Close, targeted for mid-2015, or progress on the development of Bear Head LNG”.

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