Woodside inks LNG HoA in the US

19th January 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor: Australasia

PERTH ( – Oil and gas producer Woodside Energy has struck a heads of agreement (HoA) with US-based Commonwealth LNG for the potential supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the proposed Commonwealth LNG development in Louisiana.

The HoA contemplates the purchase of 2-million tonnes a year of LNG over a period of 20 years, scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2026.

Woodside’s offtake obligation can be reduced or even eliminated as Commonwealth achieves increasing thresholds of offtake commitments from other buyers. Woodside will also have an option to purchase an additional 0.5-million tonnes a year of LNG.

Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill said she was pleased to sign the HoA with Commonwealth, which shared Woodside’s commitment to cost-effective and optimised solutions for LNG customers in an evolving global market.

“This HoA with Commonwealth secures access to competitive LNG in the Atlantic basin and provides Woodside with the ability to build market scale through acquiring low-cost supply,” she said.

Commonwealth LNG founder and CEO Paul Varello said he was very pleased to have Woodside involved in the project.

“Woodside is known throughout the industry for its keen technical oversight and commercial agility. This HoA is testament that Commonwealth’s approach to lowering the cost of LNG produced in the US is gaining prominent support,” he said.

The HoA is non-binding and also conditional upon the negotiation and execution of a fully termed LNG sale and purchase agreement, all necessary approvals being obtained and a final investment decision on the proposed Commonwealth LNG development.

Commonwealth LNG is an 8.4-million-tonne-a-year LNG liquefaction and export facility located on the west bank of the Calcasieu Ship Channel at the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico near Cameron.