29 June 2015
Response to market speculation on Australia Pacific LNG’s sale and purchase agreement with Sinopec
Origin Energy Limited (Origin) notes recent speculation regarding Australia Pacific LNG’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with Sinopec.
Response to market speculation on Australia Pacific LNG's sale and purchase agreement with Sinopec
Origin Energy Limited (Origin) notes recent speculation regarding Australia Pacific LNG's liquefied natural gas (LNG) sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with Sinopec.
Australia Pacific LNG is an incorporated joint venture between Origin (37.5%), ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) (37.5%), and Sinopec (25%). Australia Pacific LNG has an SPA to supply LNG equivalent to 7.6 million tonnes per annum to Sinopec.
While the specific terms of the SPA are confidential, Origin confirms that the SPA is structured as a take-or-pay agreement. As is typical under these types of agreements, there is flexibility for Origin and ConocoPhillips, through Australia Pacific LNG, to determine the start date for supply of LNG to Sinopec under the SPA. This is intended to occur after successful commissioning to ensure that the project can meet its obligations to supply cargoes under the SPA. The LNG produced during the commissioning phase will be sold under short term contracts. Australia Pacific LNG has begun to contract these commissioning cargoes.
Whilst Sinopec's take-or-pay obligation will commence on the start date determined in accordance with the SPA, the SPA does provide Sinopec with flexibility in terms of where it can take the cargoes, in order to manage the build up of key infrastructure and markets. As the SPA is structured on a Free on Board basis, any exercise of this flexibility by Sinopec would not impact Australian Pacific LNG's rights under the SPA.
Origin expects that Sinopec will fulfil its obligations under the SPA.
The Australia Pacific LNG project remains on track for sustained production from Train 1 in the second quarter of the 2016 financial year.
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