E.ON to buy LNG from Canadian Pieridae Energy
Under the agreement, Pieridae will deliver approximately 5 million tons per annum (MTPA) of LNG to E.ON for 20 years into a number of locations in Western Europe.
"We are pleased to have reached a long-term agreement with E.ON, which will provide the European gas market and Germany particularly with a new secure source of natural gas supply," said Alfred Sorensen, president and CEO of Pieridae.
The agreement was signed by Sorensen and Gareth Griffiths, Chief Commercial Officer Merchant Trading, E.ON Global Commodities, at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin.
Existing contracts between Gazprom and E.ON run through until 2020, 2035, and 2036. Currently E.ON, imports around 20 billion cubic meters of gas annually and now it is turning to Canada.
Mr. Sorensen said the agreement represents one of the major milestonesfor Goldboro LNG: "Our agreement with E.ON provides the economic security needed to complete the development of the first process train of the Goldboro LNG terminal." LNG pricing in the agreement is based on market prices of natural gas in the Western European market.
Pieridae, in collaboration with Contact Exploration, is having advanced discussions with North American natural gas suppliers and pipelines, which are expected to be concluded within the terms of the sales and purchase agreement.
The Goldboro LNG terminal will have the ability to export up to 10 MTPA of natural gas, year round, with on-site storage capacity of 690,000 cubic metres of LNG. Upon commencement of commercial operations, expected by the first quarter of 2020, natural gas will be transported to Goldboro, Nova Scotia, using the existing pipeline systems and exported by ship to international markets.
The projectis expected to create significant direct and indirect economic benefits for the local community, Provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and region. Pieridae anticipatesthat, at its peak, the Goldboro LNG terminal will create up to 3,500 jobs during construction and 200 full-time, permanent jobs during operations. ■