Energy company Kinder Morgan, Inc. has announced that investment funds managed by EIG Global Energy Partners (EIG) have become a 49 percent joint venture participant in Elba Liquefaction Company, L.L.C. (ELC) which will own 10 liquefaction units and other ancillary equipment to be constructed as part of the Elba Liquefaction Project at Kinder Morgan’s existing Southern LNG Company, L.L.C. Elba Island LNG facility near Savannah, Georgia. To acquire its membership interest, EIG has made an upfront cash payment of approximately $385 million, consisting of reimbursement to KMI for EIG’s 49 percent share of prior ELC capital expenditures, excluding capitalized interest, and a payment of approximately $170 million in excess of capital expenditures in consideration of the value created by KMI in developing the project to this stage.
EIG has agreed to fund its share of future capital expenditures necessary to complete construction and commissioning of the liquefaction facility, subject to the terms and conditions contained in the applicable agreements. The total project cost is estimated to be approximately $1.3 billion, excluding capitalized interest.
Initial liquefaction units are currently expected to be placed in service in mid-2018, with final units coming on line by early 2019. In 2012, the Elba Liquefaction Project received authorization from the Department of Energy (DOE) to export to Free Trade Agreement (FTA) countries, and on Dec. 16, 2016, the DOE issued non-FTA export authority. The project is expected to have a total capacity of approximately 2.5 million tonnes per year of LNG for export, equivalent to approximately 350 million cubic feet per day of natural gas.
Barclays acted as the exclusive financial advisor to KMI during this transaction.