Energean inks two new gas sales agreements for Karish project
Oil and gas company Energean has signed two new gas sales and purchase agreements (GSPAs) for the sale of gas from its Karish project located offshore Israel, which is expected to come online in the second half of 2021.
Energean is the operator of the Karish and Tanin deepwater field developments located in the Eastern Mediterranean, approximately 90km offshore Israel.
Energean said on Wednesday that the two new agreements combined represent quantities of gas of up to 1.4 bcm/yr and increase total firm contracted gas sales from its flagship Karish project to approximately 7.0 bcm/yr on plateau.
The new agreements represent contracted revenues of more than $2.5 billion over the life of the contracts, but require no further capital investment beyond Karish North, upon which Energean Israel expects to take Final Investment Decision later this year.
Energean said that the GSPAs have been signed at levels that are in line with the other large, long-term contracts within Energean’s portfolio and are only subject to buyers’ lenders’ consent.
First gas sales agreement
The majority of the quantities are represented by a GSPA to supply gas to the Ramat Hovav Power Plant Limited Partnership, a partnership between the Edeltech Group and Shikun & Binui.
RH Partnership was the winning bidder in the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) Ramat Hovav tender process, the second IEC power plant in a series of five to be privatised.
The GSPA is for a term of up to 20 years and contains provisions regarding floor pricing for the main plateau period and exclusivity.
The annual contract quantity (ACQ) reduces after the first seven years following the first gas from Karish.
The remainder of the quantities are represented by a second new GSPA that has been signed with an affiliate of the RH Partnership for the supply of gas for other existing power stations.
Gas supply will start following first gas from Karish, achieving the plateau rate from January 2024. The contract term is for up to 15 years and the GSPA contains provisions regarding floor pricing for the main plateau period and take-or-pay.
Energean Israel now has firm GSPAs in place for the supply of approximately 7.0 bcm/yr on plateau.
Having secured sufficient resources to fill the FPSO for a number of years, Energean’s near-term strategy is to secure the necessary offtake to fill the remaining 1.0 bcm/yr of spare capacity in the 8 bcm/yr Energean Power FPSO.
Energean is assessing several opportunities in both the Israeli domestic market and key export markets in order to meet this target, alongside reviewing further growth opportunities across the nine exploration blocks that it holds in Israel to further expand its presence in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Mathios Rigas, Energean’s CEO said: “We are delighted to have signed these additional gas sales agreements, which increase firm gas sales to 7 bcm/yr on plateau from our flagship Karish gas project, which is on track to deliver first gas in 2H 2021 and I want to thank Edeltech and Shikun & Binui for their continued trust.
“We remain committed to continue bringing competition and security of supply to the Israeli gas market even after we fill the Karish FPSO to its maximum 8 bcm/yr capacity.
“The new contracts we signed today further strengthen our secured revenues stream, which is well-insulated against future commodity price fluctuations, and provide cash flows that will support our strategic goal of paying a sustainable dividend to our shareholders”.
In related news, Energean has recently said that the Energean Power FPSO will set sail from Singapore in the summer of 2021.
The hull is currently in Singapore where it is being fitted with topside modules. The first module was installed on August 24.