Moscow 5 March 2019. PAO NOVATEK (“NOVATEK” and/or the “Company”) and TOTAL S.A. signed a Sales and Purchase Agreement (“Agreement”) in relation to the sale of a 10% participation interest in the Arctic LNG 2 project (the “Project”), within the binding agreement, signed at the 22nd Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum in May 2018. The transaction will be closed by the end of first quarter 2019.
The Arctic LNG 2 project has made significant development progress since May 2018. Front-end engineering and design (“FEED”) work has been completed in October confirming the preliminary cost estimates between $20 billion and $21 billion. Moreover, additional exploration drilling confirmed significant reserve growth at the Project’s Utrenneye field, and accordingly, the Russian state reserves commission subsequently increased the field’s natural gas reserves to approximately two trillion cubic meters under the Russian reserves classification.
Total consideration includes a payment for the 10% participation interest as well as financing for the Project through the capital of Arctic LNG 2.
“We have worked closely with TOTAL for many years and have built a good working relationship based on mutual trust and respect. We are pleased to further develop our successful cooperation with them on our new Arctic LNG 2 project.“ noted Leonid Mikhelson, NOVATEK’s Chairman of the Management Board. “The Project’s vast conventional reserve base, advanced engineering and design work, and innovative LNG design combined with our experience in implementing large-scale LNG projects in the Arctic region is part of our strategy for creating sustainable shareholders value.”