Energy giant Santos has acquired a portfolio of low cost natural gas assets and strategic LNG infrastructure in northern Australia and Timor-Leste.
Announced today, Santos said it acquired ConocoPhillips’ assets for a reduced purchase price of $1.265bn plus an increased contingent payment of $200m subject to a final investment decision on Barossa.
The acquisition delivers operatorship and control of a high quality portfolio of low-cost, long-life natural gas assets and strategic LNG infrastructure.
Santos’ interest in Bayu-Undan and Darwin LNG increases to 68.4% at completion and will provide a significant boost to 2020 production and cash flows. Santos’ interest in the Barossa project to backfill Darwin LNG increases to 62.5%.
Santos Managing Director and CEO Kevin Gallagher said he was pleased to complete the acquisition which is fully-aligned with Santos’ strategy to build on existing infrastructure positions around Santos’ core assets.
“As a foundation partner in Bayu-Undan and Darwin LNG, and an existing partner in Barossa, we know these assets well. We are delighted to assume operatorship and continue to progress the Barossa project so that a final investment decision can be made when market conditions permit,” Gallagher said.
Santos has previously announced an agreement to sell a 25% interest in Darwin LNG and Bayu-Undan to SK E&S for $390m and the signing of a letter of intent to sell a 12.5% interest in Barossa to JERA.
“Santos continues to build alignment between the Darwin LNG and Barossa joint ventures. Following completion of the previously announced sell-downs to SK E&S and JERA, Santos will hold a 43.4% interest in Darwin LNG and a 50% interest in Barossa,” Gallagher said.
“We are continuing to advance discussions with other parties for the sale of further equity in the Barossa project in line with our previously stated target ownership level of around 40% to achieve increased partner alignment and prudent future allocation of growth capital. We are also in discussions with buyers for Barossa LNG volumes.”
The sale of interests in Bayu-Undan and Darwin LNG to SK E&S, and in Barossa to JERA, are subject to third-party consents, regulatory approvals and an FID decision on Barossa.