Total seals $1.5bn takeover bid of Engie’s portfolio

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Total seals $1.5bn takeover bid of Engie’s portfolio

Total, the French energy giant has closed the acquisition of Engie’s portfolio of upstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) assets for an overall enterprise value of USD 1.5 billion.

Should the oil market mark a major improvement in the coming years, Total’s bill could be increased by additional USD 550 million.The takeover, revealed back in November 2017, has secured Total the second place on global scale of LNG players.

The portfolio includes participating interests in an LNG tanker fleet, liquefaction plants, notably the Cameron LNG project in the US, long term LNG sales and purchase agreements, as well as access to regasification capacities in Europe.The move will see the company’s fleet increase to 18 LNG carriers, of which 2 are floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs).

“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 commoditized 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 40 Mt 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 Pouyanné, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Total.

Following the transaction, Total takes over the teams in charge of the upstream LNG activities at Engie.The move is in line with Engie’s strategy to reduce its exposure to commodity prices. The French utility company said it would keep its downstream activities, including the regasification infrastructures and LNG retail end-customer sales. The company is refocusing on three key businesses: low carbon power generation, infrastructures – notably gas, and integrated downstream customer solutions.

NNPC Begins Community Sensitization In Cross River Over Planned 14MW Oil Palm-Biodiesel Power Project .The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has commenced comprehensive community integration and stakeholders’ engagement to sensitize dwellers of Iwure, Ojor and Osomba/Akin communities of Cross River State ahead of planned oil palm-based biodiesel project in that part of the state.

A release by Corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, said the 26, 000 hectares facility was designed to accommodate an oil palm plantation co-located with bio-diesel, crude palm oil co-generation plants and other facilities.Already, officials of the corporation’s Renewable Energy Division (RED) have embarked on the sensitization campaign across affected communities, providing information on the rationale and projected benefits of the biofuels projects in the state.The NNPC Research and Development Division (R&D) is also being engaged for the conduct of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the projects.

The release said that the plant was projected to generated about 14 megawatts of electricity from empty fruit bunches and the residue from oil palms. Under the arrangement, the oil palm would be processed into fuel grade Biodiesel and industrial crude palm oil as by-products. The Biodiesel will be blended with diesel in a mix of 20 per cent biodiesel and 80 per cent diesel and sold as B20 in the domestic market. Any utilized biodiesel quantity would be exported to the international market.

The NNPC Cross River bio-fuel project is in tandem with renewed drive by the corporation to develop biofuels in Nigeria through partnership with core investors to create a low carbon economy and link oil and gas sector to the agricultural sector. This is also to mitigate the adverse effect of climate change and the transformation of NNPC into an integrated energy company with diverse portfolio.

The business model would involve a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) comprising NNPC, State Government and the Core-investor. The state Government is expected to provide land as equity while core investor takes more than 50 per cent equity and operate the venture leaving NNPC and state Government with minority share of less than 50 per cent.So far, Kebbi, Ondo, Taraba, Benue, Jigawa, Kogo, Adamawa have shown interest in partnering with NNPC in biofuels projects.

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