Commonwealth LNG has entered into a heads of agreement (HOA) with MET Group, an integrated European energy company headquartered in Switzerland, for the sale and purchase of 1 MTPA of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for 20 years from the Commonwealth LNG facility currently under development in Cameron, Louisiana. “This agreement recognizes that US LNG can and will play a continuing role in Europe’s energy transition by providing reliable and affordable natural gas to the region,” said Commonwealth LNG Founder and Executive Chair Paul Varello. “We are excited to work with MET Group to deliver LNG on a long-term basis to contribute to the security of natural gas supply to their customers.”
“LNG supply into Europe is a significant contributor to gas supply diversification and an important contributor to European energy security. LNG is also becoming an important part of MET Group’s strategy going forward,” said MET Group Chair and Chief Executive Officer Benjamin Lakatos.
MET Group is actively increasing its participation in the LNG market. In 2022 alone, MET has imported more than 30 TWh of LNG cargoes to countries including Croatia, Greece, Spain, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. This year, the company also secured long-term LNG capacities in Germany and expanded its spot capacity reach to Finland.
The terms anticipated under the non-binding HOA would commence at the start of commercial operation of the facility in 2027. Final terms remain subject to negotiation of a definitive sale and purchase agreement (SPA) between the parties.
Commonwealth is focused on completing the remaining steps necessary to achieve its goal of making a final investment decision on the project in Q1 2024, with first cargo deliveries expected in 2027. An accelerated construction schedule will allow the project to be built in three years using a modular approach with major components being fabricated offsite.