In line with its discipline on capital allocation, Total has signed an agreement to divest a 4 percent interest in the Ichthys LNG project in Australia to operating partner INPEX for an overall consideration of $1.6bn. 

The transaction, which is subject to Australian regulatory approvals, reduces Total’s interest in the asset to 26 percent.

“This transaction is part of our constant portfolio review to optimise our capital allocation. Ichthys is part of a wave of Australian LNG projects, which have unfortunately experienced major cost overruns and delays during their construction phase. The final CAPEX estimate provided by the Operator is around $45bn to be compared to an updated figure around $40bn in 2017. In line with our capital discipline policy, we have therefore decided to control our capital employed in Ichthys by monetising a 4 percent stake after the project start-up and de-risking,” commented Arnaud Breuillac, President, Exploration & Production at Total. 

At full capacity, the Ichthys offshore facilities and the two-train onshore liquefaction plant will supply 8.9 million tonnes per year (Mtpa) of LNG and 1.65 Mtpa of LPG, along with 100,000 barrels of condensate per day. 

The first LNG cargo was exported on the October 22 2018, the first offshore condensate cargo was exported on October 1 2018, and the first LPG cargo was exported on the November 16 2018. The two LNG trains are now fully operational.

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14th December 2018

14th December 2018