Liquefied Natural Gas Limited said that Magnolia LNG (MLNG), its 100% owned subsidiary, has executed a non-binding Tolling Agreement Term Sheet (Agreement), with AES Latin American Development, Ltd (AES) which is a wholly owned subsidiary of The AES Corporation Group.
The Agreement is for LNG production capacity rights of between 800,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) and 1 million tpa from MLNG’s proposed Magnolia LNG Project (described below), in Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States of America (MLNG Project).
AES is a Fortune 200 global power company with extensive investment in power generation throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, including countries such as the Dominican Republic, Chile, El Salvador, and Colombia, all of which have Free Trade Agreements with the United States of America.
The Agreement details the key terms to be included in a legally binding tolling agreement. The two companies have agreed to work together with the intention to finalise the Tolling Agreement by 30 September 2014.
The Agreement with AES is structured and contains similar terms to the Tolling Agreement Term Sheets already signed with Brightshore Overseas Limited (subsidiary of the Gunvor Group), Gas Natural SDG, S.A (subsidiary of the Gas Natural Fenosa Group), and LNG Holdings Corp., (owned by a fund managed by West Face Capital Inc).
The company’s Managing Director, Maurice Brand, said “this is another significant step for the MLNG Project and demonstrates a high level of confidence that the project will achieve its goal to commence construction next year. The proposed key commercial terms in the AES Agreement support the economics of proceeding with a fourth LNG train, with the Company confident that it will be able to enter into a Tolling Agreement for the remaining capacity of the fourth LNG train to bring the MLNG Project to its total targeted nameplate capacity of 8 mtpa.”
“Significant progress has been made on the negotiation of the existing three legally binding Tolling Agreements and there is also likely to be an Inter-Shipper Coordination Agreement, which will govern the long term relationship between the potential five LNG Tolling Parties. These are complex agreements which span a period of over 20 years and cover fixed payment obligations to MLNG of around US$4 billion per LNG train.”
“AES will now participate in the negotiation and coordination of these agreements with the Company targeting to sign legally binding Tolling Agreement for the MLNG Project’s initial 2 LNG trains (totaling 4 mtpa nameplate capacity) in the first half of 2014“, said Brand.
Press Release, March 6, 2014; Image: LNG Ltd