The agreement reached with Hunt Oil also contemplates the acquisition by Repsol YPF of a 20% stake in the Peru LNG joint venture that will build and operate the liquefaction plant in Pampa Melchorita (Peru), expected to go into operation by 2009 and supply gas to the west coast of North and Central America; and Repsol YPF's entry with a 10% stake in two exploration blocks in the extensive Camisea field.
Becoming party to this project marks a firm step for Repsol YPF towards fulfilling the main lines of action announced in its 2005-2009 Strategic Plan, which contemplates upstream growth and a larger presence in the integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) businesses.
The new sales/purchase agreement signed with Peru LNG will have a validity of eighteen-and-a-half years following the plant's start-up. In terms of volume, this is the largest purchase of LNG ever made by Repsol YPF, and will enable the company to strengthen its activity in the LNG business, enhancing the excellent position already held in the Atlantic Basin.
Antonio Brufau, Repsol YPF Chairman and CEO, at a meeting held recently with Alejandro Toledo, President of Peru, told the President of his interest in the Camisea project and underlined its strategic importance as a source of supply to new markets. At the same time, he ratified the company's will to invest in his country.
In turn, Ray Hunt, CEO of Hunt Oil Company stated, "We are most satisfied at Repsol YPF's decision to join the Camisea project, and above all the Peru LNG export project. With Repsol YPF, and its longstanding experience in LNG, as sole distributor of total production from the first liquefaction train, we believe Peru LNG is in a very good position to become the preferred supplier for the west coast of the United States and Mexico".
The Peru LNG project will be fed with the natural gas produced at blocks 88 and 56 of the Camisea area, where Repsol YPF has also agreed to purchase 10% of the exploration concessions on these blocks from Hunt Oil. The agreement also includes the acquisition of another 10% of the stake in Transportadora de Gas del Peru SA (TGP), the company that distributes natural gas from Camisea via the trans-Andean pipeline.
Repsol YPF's Strategic Plan defines a commitment to strengthen the company's LNG production assets, which include the integrated projects of Gassi Touil (Algeria), Persian LNG (Iran), and the Caribbean (Trinidad & Tobago). Repsol YPF will exploit its business advantages and opportunities, and the economies of scale resulting from the Gas Natural SDG alliance, which will place the company as the third largest LNG operator in the world, and generate for Repsol YPF 10 million dollars per year in cost savings.
Repsol YPF commenced operations in Peru nine years ago, and is engaged there in exploration, refining and marketing activities, as one of the country's major investors. At 31 December 2004, Repsol YPF owned mining rights on 3 exploration blocks, with a total net surface area of 16,237 km2. The company operates the la Pampilla refinery, with a 102,000 barrel per day production capacity, and a network of 146 service stations.
Hunt Oil Company has been an important actor in the development of the large Camisea gas fields since the year 2000, and is the main shareholder in the Peru LNG export project.
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