Sempra Infrastructure, PKN ORLEN in Port Arthur LNG deal
Sempra Infrastructure said January 25 it had entered into a long-term sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with Poland’s PKN ORLEN for 1mn metric tons/year of LNG from Phase 1 of its proposed Port Arthur LNG project in Texas.
With earlier SPAs signed with ConocoPhillips, INEOS, ENGIE and RWE, Sempra Infrastructure said Phase 1 is now fully subscribed with 10.5mn mt/yr of offtake secured under long-term binding agreements. It will now focus on completing the final steps ahead of taking a final investment decision (FID) on the 13.5mn mt/yr project in Q1 2023.
“We are excited to partner with PKN ORLEN, Central Europe’s largest energy group, as they continue to look for long-term, diverse supplies of secure energy sources,” Sempra Infrastructure CEO Justin Bird said. “With the long-term off-take capacity for Phase 1 now sold under binding agreements, we expect to reach FID later this quarter and commence construction on the Port Arthur LNG Phase 1 project to help meet the increasing demand for LNG across Europe and the rest of the world.”
First cargo deliveries from Phase 1 of Port Arthur LNG are anticipated in 2027.
“This is an important step towards strengthening PKN ORLEN's position as a cornerstone of crude and fuel supply security in Central and Eastern Europe,” said Daniel Obajtek, CEO of PKN ORLEN, which acquired Polish Oil & Gas Company (PGNiG) in 2022. “By establishing a partnership with Sempra Infrastructure, we are increasing the diversification of our import portfolio and we are securing additional volumes of natural gas, which will be used both to provide for the needs of the Polish customers and to enhance PKN ORLEN's presence in the international energy market.”