Total becomes 2nd largest global LNG player by closing acquisition of Engie's LNG business
Acquiring Engie’s LNG business makes Total the 2nd largest global LNG player among the majors with a worldwide market share of 10%.
Total announced the closing of the acquisition of Engie’s portfolio of upstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) assets for an overall enterprise value of $1.5bn.
Additional payments of up to $550mn could be payable by Total in case of an improvement in the oil markets in the coming years. This portfolio includes participating interests in liquefaction plants, notably the interest in the Cameron LNG project in the US, long-term LNG sales and purchase agreements, an LNG tanker fleet as well as access to regasification capacities in Europe.
“Acquiring Engie’s LNG business is a real step change for Total allowing us to leverage size and flexibility in the fast growing and increasingly commoditised LNG market. This transaction makes Total the second largest global LNG player among the majors with a worldwide market share of 10% and the group will manage an overall LNG portfolio of around 40Mt per year by 2020. It also helps us to build a position in the US LNG market, with the 16.6% stake in the Cameron LNG project,” commented Patrick Pouyanne, chairman and CEO of Total.
Following the transaction, Total takes over the teams in charge of the upstream LNG activities at Engie. Total’s LNG portfolio by 2020 would be: a total volume of LNG managed of 40Mt/year; a liquefaction capacity portfolio of 23Mt/year, well distributed among the major LNG production areas – Middle East, Australia, Russia and the United States; a worldwide LNG trading contracts portfolio of 28Mt/year to supply each LNG market with competitive and flexible resources; a role of a key supplier for the European market with regasification capacities of 18MT/year; and a fleet of 18 LNG carriers, of which two are FSRUs (floating storage and regasification units).