Australia’s Santos has completed the sell-down of 25% interests in Bayu-Undan and Darwin LNG to South Korea’s SK E&S, which is also a partner in the recently sanctioned Barossa development.
The sell-down resulted in net funds to Santos of $186 million at completion, being the sale price of $390 million less the cashflows from the 25% interests from the effective date of 1 October 2019 to completion, reported Santos today.
Santos chief executive Kevin Gallagher said he “was delighted to formally welcome Barossa joint venture partner SK E&S as a partner in Bayu-Undan and Darwin LNG.”
“The sell-down to SK E&S is in-line with our strategy of disciplined growth while maintaining a strong balance sheet by managing equity levels in our growth projects consistent with disciplined capital management,” Gallagher said.
Santos and SK E&S have also signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly investigate opportunities for carbon-neutral LNG from Barossa, including collaboration relating to Santos’ Moomba CCS project, bilateral arrangements for carbon credits and potential future development of zero-emissions hydrogen.
Completion of the sell-down to SK E&S sees Santos’ interest in Bayu-Undan and Darwin LNG change to 43.4%, and Santos remains operator of both assets. The remaining interests are held by SK E&S (25%), INPEX (11.4%), Eni (%), JERA (6.1%) and Tokyo Gas (3.1%).
Santos is also operator of the Barossa project and announced the final investment decision (FID) to proceed with the project in March 2021. First gas from Barossa to backfill Darwin LNG is expected in the first half of 2025, said Santos.
Santos and JERA continue to progress the binding sale and purchase agreement for JERA to acquire a 12.5% stake in Barossa.