TotalEnergies Sells 49% Stake in Russian Gas Field to Novatek

(P&GJ) — TotalEnergies agreed to sell to Novatek its 49% interest in Russia’s Termokarstovoye gas field back in July based on the company’s publicly shared principles of conduct for its Russian related business.

According to TotalEnergies, this divestiture reiterates its firmest condemnation of Russia's military aggression against Ukraine and will ensure strict compliance with current and future European sanctions, no matter what the consequences on the management of its assets in Russia.

TotalEnergies thus restated its duty to contribute toward securing Europe’s gas supply from the Yamal LNG plant within the framework of long-term contracts that it must honor as long as Europe's governments do not take sanctions on Russian gas.

In addition, the company also announced the gradual suspension of its activities in Russia for those which do not contribute to the security of energy supply of Europe. This included assets producing oil (Kharyaga field) and gas for the local Russian market (Termokarstovoye field) as well as other local businesses (lubricants, batteries) which were mothballed in the first half of the year.

Earlier this month, TotalEnergies finalized the sale of its remaining 20% interest in the Kharyaga oil project to Zarubezhneft.

Pursuant to Russian regulations, a request to authorize this transaction was addressed to the Russian authorities on August 8, 2022. Shortly after, Russian authorities issued their agreement to the proposed sale.

As a result, on August 26, 2022, TotalEnergies and Novatek signed the final sale and purchase agreement of TotalEnergies’ 49% interest in Terneftegaz. Closing is expected in September 2022, subject to customary conditions.

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