Papua LNG Terminal (Total)

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Papua LNG Terminal (Total) is an LNG terminal in Central Province, Papua New Guinea.


The terminal is planned for Caution Bay, Central Province

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Project Details

  • Operator: TotalEnergies
  • Owner: TotalEnergies (31.1%), ExxonMobil (28.7%), Papua New Guinea government (22.5%), Santos Limited (17.7%)[1]
  • Parent: TotalEnergies (31.1%), ExxonMobil (28.7%), Papua New Guinea government (22.5%), Santos Limited (17.7%)[1]
  • Location: Caution Bay, Central Province, Papua New Guinea
  • Coordinates: -9.3392748, 146.9872856 (exact)
  • Capacity:
  • Proposed Capacity: 5.4 mtpa, 0.76 bcfd
  • Cost: US$13 billion[2]
  • Financing:
  • Status: Proposed, pre-FID (2023)[3][4]
  • Type: Export
  • Trains: 2
  • Start Year: 2027[4]

Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day


The Total SA-led Papua LNG project in Papua New Guinea may export gas via Exxon Mobil Corp.’s existing PNG LNG facility to avoid the expense of building a new plant. According to ExxonMobil's InterOil, there is enough gas between the Elk-Antelope and P’nyang gas fields in Papua New Guinea to justify three LNG trains by 2023 to 2025, in addition to the existing two trains at PNG LNG. "The new trains could be for Papua LNG, PNG LNG or both combined. All those will be decided at a later time,” according to InterOil.[5]

The terminal would be 5 mtpa. Total will have a 40% stake.[6]

On July 21, 2016, ExxonMobil announced its intent to acquire InterOil of Papa New Guinea for US$2.5 billion.[7] On February 22, 2017, InterOil confirmed the completion of this transaction. [8] Front-end engineering design work is projected to start by early 2018, while the final investment decision is expected for the project by the beginning of 2019.[9]

In April 2019 Total and its partners ExxonMobil and Oil Search signed a gas agreement with Papua New Guinea defining the fiscal framework for the Papua LNG Project. The agreement allows the partners to enter the front-end engineering design (FEED) phase of study that will lead to the final investment decision in 2020.[10] The terminal will consist of two trains each with 2.7 mtpa capacity.[10]

In April 2020 it was reported that the project will likely be delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.[11] The energy and shipping brokerage Poten & Partners further disclosed that the final investment decision (FID) for the terminal had been delayed beyond the original FID timeframe of 2020-2021. It cited COVID-19, plunging demand and the crash in oil prices as the reasons for the delay. [12]

In May 2021, Total said it had agreed with the Papua New Guinea government to proceed with the project, which had been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the objective of taking FID in 2023. Total added that it would re-mobilise teams involved in the project.[3]

In August 2021, Santos Limited acquired Oil Search, granting Santos a 17.7% stake in the Papua LNG project.[13][14]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 David Doré, Papua LNG readies 2023 FID, IJGlobal, May 11, 2021
  2. David James, Landmark agreement: Papua New Guinea increases its stake in US$13 billion Papua LNG project, S&P Global, May 12, 2021
  3. 3.0 3.1 Stuart Elliott, France's Total eyes Papua LNG FID in 2023 as project teams remobilize, Business Advantage PNG, May 12, 2021
  4. 4.0 4.1 "TotalEnergies announces progress on Papua New Guinea LNG project". Retrieved 2022-07-20.
  5. Dan Murtaugh and Sharon Cho, "PNG Government Prefers Exxon, Total Pursue 2nd LNG Project," Bloomberg, September 21, 2016
  6. "LNG," Total, accessed Aug 2017
  7. "ExxonMobil to Acquire InterOil in Transaction Worth More Than $2.5 Billion | ExxonMobil News Releases". Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  8. "InterOil Announces Completion of ExxonMobil Transaction". Seeking Alpha. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  9. "Total-led group outlines Papua LNG project timeline," Oil & Gas Journal, 3 April 2017
  10. 10.0 10.1 Total, ExxonMobil, Oil Search Sign Papua LNG Agreement, Oil Gas Facilities, Apr. 11, 2019
  11. OPINION: Gas export projects hit by double blow of Covid-19 and industry slump, Upstream Online, Apr. 2, 2020
  12. John Snyder FID’s delayed by global uncertainty Riviera Maritime Media, Apr. 24, 2020
  13. Australia’s Santos to Gain Footholds in PNG LNG, Alaska with Oil Search Acquisition. Natural Gas Intel. August 2, 2021.
  14. About. PNG LNG. Accessed July 2022.

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