Woodside Energy Trading Singapore Pte Ltd has signed a heads of agreement (HOA) with Commonwealth LNG to negotiate a sale and purchase agreement for the supply of LNG from the proposed Commonwealth LNG development in Louisiana, USA.
The HOA contemplates the purchase by Woodside of two million tonnes per annum of LNG over a period of 20 years, scheduled to begin in quarter two 2026.
Woodside’s offtake obligation can be reduced or even eliminated as Commonwealth achieves increasing thresholds of offtake commitments from other buyers.
Woodside would also have an option to purchase an additional 0.5 million tonnes a year of LNG.
Woodside chief executive officer Meg O’Neill said she was pleased to sing the HOA with Commonwealth, which shared Woodside’s commitment to cost-effective and optimised solutions for LNG customers in an evolving global market.
She continued: “This HOA with Commonwealth secures access to competitive LNG in the Atlantic Basin and provides Woodside with the ability to build market scale through acquiring low cost supply.”
Commonwealth LNG founder and chief executive Paul Varello said he was very pleased to have Woodside involved in the project.
He added: “Woodside is known throughout the industry for its keen technical oversight and commercial agility.
“This HOA is testament that Commonwealth’s approach to lowering the cost of LNG produced in the US is gaining prominent support.”
The HOA is non-binding and also conditional upon the negotiation and execution of a fully termed LNG sale and purchase agreement, all necessary approvals being obtained, and a final investment decision on the proposed Commonwealth LNG development.