GREEN GAS

Another major step taken in ENGIE’s transformation plan

By ENGIE - 08 October 2017 - 10:44

Key facts 

 

  • ENGIE reached an agreement with Total for the sale of its upstream and midstream Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) activities

  • ENGIE is accelerating its development in downstream gas activities and becomes Total’s preferred green gases supplier

 

ENGIE continues to deliver on its transformation plan by reaching a new major milestone: the Group has received a firm and binding offer from Total for the sale of its upstream and midstream LNG activities, liquefaction, shipping and international LNG trading, for an aggregate value of 2.04 billion US dollars, including an earn-out of up to 550 million US dollars, payable under certain conditions.

 

ENGIE will keep its downstream activities, of which the regasification infrastructures, and LNG retail end-customer sales, and further accelerates its development in this area. ENGIE is therefore pursuing its refocus on three key businesses: low carbon power generation, infrastructures – notably gas, and integrated downstream customer solutions.

 

ENGIE is also convinced that green gases, biogas and renewable hydrogen, are key to the energy transition. Hence it is establishing a new entity dedicated to the development of renewable hydrogen and just signed an agreement whereby ENGIE becomes Total’s preferred biogas and renewable hydrogen supplier.

 

Total’s firm and binding offer is for the acquisition of ENGIE’s upstream and midstream LNG activities: liquefaction, shipping (including the Gazocean subsidiary) and international LNG trading operations. European regasification capacity reservation are also included in the perimeter. The intended transaction is in line with ENGIE’s strategy to reduce its exposure to commodity prices. It also completes the Group’s action plan to move away from upstream oil and gas activities following the announcement of the sale of ENGIE Exploration & Production International in May of this year.

 

ENGIE will remain committed to its downstream activities which are core to its strategy, notably its retail sales, its GTT subsidiary and the Group’s regasification terminals in France, the United States and Chile.

 

The aggregate value of 2.04 billion US dollars includes an earn-out of up to 550 million US dollars based on future oil market developments. The proposed transaction is expected to translate into a 1.4 billion US dollars reduction in ENGIE’s consolidated net financial debt, excluding earn-out. This transaction will enhance ENGIE’s earnings profile for the upcoming years.

 

« This intended transaction demonstrates once again ENGIE’s ability to deliver on its transformation plan and to improve its risk profile by reducing its exposure to commodity prices. Total is the best placed to secure the future development of liquefaction, shipping and LNG trading employees and activities. ENGIE is nonetheless accelerating its development in its LNG downstream activities, notably in the regasification domain and the supply of LNG to its end customers. Furthermore, ENGIE is convinced that green gases are a key element to the energy revolution and further materialises its lead in this area by becoming Total’s preferred supplier”, said Isabelle Kocher, ENGIE Chief Executive Officer.

 

Total’s ambition is to consolidate ENGIE’s upstream and midstream LNG activities with its own LNG business in order to become a global leader on the whole LNG chain.

 

The envisaged transaction will be presented to the relevant employee representative bodies of ENGIE and is subject to customary closing conditions. ENGIE will conduct a continuous dialogue with employee representative bodies and has already asked Total to make commitments regarding the employees concerned by the proposed transaction. As part of the intended transaction, ENGIE will also meet its commitments to its counterparties.

 

The intended transaction could be completed in the course of 2018.

 

In parallel, ENGIE is accelerating its development in downstream gas activities and announces the creation of a new entity responsible for the development of renewable hydrogen which is set to become increasingly important for the energy revolution. This entity, with a global reach, will coordinate the Group’s efforts in the hydrogen space, will develop major hydrogen production, transport and sales projects, and will therefore foster the development of this emerging source of energy.

 

In this context, ENGIE has also reached an agreement with Total in the green gases space. This agreement foresees, for an initial 10-year period partnership, that ENGIE will become Total’s preferred supplier for all new projects of renewable hydrogen and biogas supply. This agreement will also facilitate the promotion of green gases as an affordable, clean and competitive source of energy for mobility use.

« Avec ce projet de transaction, ENGIE concrétise une fois de plus sa capacité à exécuter son plan de transformation et à améliorer son profil de risque, en réduisant son exposition à l’évolution du prix des commodités. Total est la société la mieux placée pour poursuivre le développement des équipes et des activités de liquéfaction, transport maritime et négoce international de GNL. ENGIE accélère en revanche ses développements dans les activités aval GNL et notamment dans le domaine de la regazéification du GNL et de la fourniture de GNL à ses clients. ENGIE est par ailleurs convaincu que les gaz verts sont une réponse aux enjeux de la révolution énergétique et sécurise, en devenant le fournisseur prioritaire de Total en hydrogène renouvelable et en biogaz, son avance dans ce domaine », a déclaré Isabelle Kocher, Directeur Général d’ENGIE.

L’ambition de Total est d’intégrer les activités GNL d’ENGIE au sein de ses propres activités GNL, avec l’objectif de créer un leader du secteur sur l’ensemble de la chaîne.

 

Ce projet de cession est soumis au respect des prérogatives des instances représentatives du personnel d’ENGIE et aux conditions de clôture habituelles. ENGIE mènera un dialogue continu avec ces instances sociales et a d’ores et déjà demandé à Total de prendre des engagements sur les conditions d’intégration des salariés concernés. Dans le cadre du projet, les engagements pris par ENGIE vis-à-vis de ses contreparties seront également respectés. 


Le projet de cession pourrait être finalisé au cours de l’année 2018.

 

En parallèle, ENGIE accélère son développement dans la chaîne aval du gaz et annonce ce jour se doter d'une entité dédiée au développement de l'hydrogène renouvelable, appelé à jouer un rôle croissant dans la révolution énergétique. Cette entité, à vocation mondiale, coordonnera les développements du Groupe dans le domaine de l’hydrogène, développera directement les projets industriels majeurs de production, transport et vente d’hydrogène, et contribuera ainsi à accélérer le développement de cette énergie d’avenir.

 

Dans ce cadre, ENGIE a également conclu un accord avec Total dans le domaine des gaz verts. Cet accord prévoit, pour une durée initiale de dix ans, qu’ENGIE devienne le fournisseur prioritaire de Total pour tout nouveau projet d’approvisionnement de ses projets en hydrogène d’origine renouvelable et en biogaz. Cet accord permettra notamment la promotion de l’usage des gaz verts pour la mobilité, en tant que sources abordables, propres et compétitives.

About ENGIE

ENGIE is committed to taking on the major challenges of the energy revolution, towards a world more decarbonised, decentralised and digitalised. The Group aims to become the leader of this new energy world by focusing on three key activities for the future: low carbon generation in particular from natural gas and renewable energy, energy infrastructure and efficient solutions adapted to all its customers (individuals, businesses, territories, etc.). Innovation, digital solutions and customer satisfaction are the guiding principles of ENGIE’s development. ENGIE is active in around 70 countries, employs 150,000 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €66.6 billion in 2016. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main financial indices (CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe) and non-financial indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo Eiris – World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120, France 20, CAC 40 Governance).

 

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