Osaka Gas Secures PNG LNG for 20 Years

Esso Highlands Limited, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation and operator of the PNG LNG Project, announced that the Project participants have finalized a Sale and Purchase Agreement with Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. for the long-term sale and purchase of liquefied natural gas (LNG) totaling approximately 1.5 million tonnes per annum (MTA).

The agreement is effective for a 20-year period.

"We are pleased to have entered into this important agreement with a leading LNG customer in Japan and to have started a new relationship with Osaka Gas," said Ron Billings, vice president, LNG, ExxonMobil Gas and Power Marketing. "The PNG LNG project will provide a clean-burning supply of natural gas to help meet growing energy demand in Japan."

The PNG LNG co-venturers recently announced approval to proceed with the development of the Project pending completion of all sales and purchase agreements with LNG customers and finalization of financing arrangements with lenders.

The PNG LNG Project is an integrated development that includes gas production and processing facilities, onshore and offshore pipelines and liquefaction facility with the capacity of 6.6 million tonnes per year. Participating interests include affiliates of Exxon Mobil Corporation (including Esso Highlands Limited as operator, 33.2 percent), Oil Search Limited (29.0 percent), Independent Public Business Corporation (PNG Government, 16.6 percent), Santos Limited (13.5 percent), Nippon Oil Exploration (4.7 percent), Mineral Resources Development Company (PNG landowners, 2.8 percent) and Petromin PNG Holdings Limited (0.2 percent).

Osaka Gas is a major energy supplier in Japan headquartered in Osaka with a customer base of 6.9 million. The company purchased a total of 7.4 million tonnes of LNG in 2008.

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