BG Group (BG.) - Agreement signed with Japan Bank
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BG GROUP plc
28 September 2012
28 September 2012
Agreement signed with Japan Bank for International Cooperation
BG Group today announced it had signed an agreement with the Japan Bank for
International Cooperation (JBIC) aimed at supporting the long-term supply of
liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Japan and creating opportunities for Japanese
companies to participate in energy projects around the world.
Under the cooperation agreement BG Group will liaise with JBIC, a policy-based
financial institution wholly owned by the Japanese government, on the Group's
natural gas developments and JBIC will consider providing financial support
for these projects. The relationship is expected to help ensure Japan receives
stable supplies of natural gas in the form of LNG and create opportunities for
Japanese companies to participate in BG Group projects.
BG Group Chief Executive Officer Sir Frank Chapman said: "The cooperation
agreement with JBIC demonstrates further progress in diversifying and
expanding our potential sources of funding as BG Group delivers the most
significant growth programme in the company's history. It also further
enhances our relationship with Japan, the world's largest market for LNG and a
major long-term customer for BG Group."
In the past 18 months BG Group has initiated a successful treasury programme
which raised $7.7 billion from capital markets, including $2.1 billion in
hybrid bonds. Additionally, the Group has signed a memorandum of understanding
with the Bank of China for up to $1.5 billion of new funding options; reached
an initial agreement with Brazilian Development Bank for up to $1.8 billion of
new funding; and also signed a $500 million credit agreement with Export
Development Bank of Canada.
"We will continue to diversify and extend our funding sources to underpin BG
Group's plans to deliver our current investment programme," Sir Frank said.
BG Group has demonstrated its ability over several years to assist Japanese
gas and electricity companies with the prompt delivery of LNG in times of
need. In the past 12 months BG Group has delivered 61 LNG cargoes to Japan,
totalling about 3.88 million tonnes.
Also, BG Group has long-term LNG supply agreements with Tokyo Gas and Chubu
Electric, to be sourced from the Group's portfolio and the Queensland Curtis
LNG project in Australia, which is on track to start production in 2014.
Notes to Editors:
BG Group plc (LSE: BG.L) is a world leader in natural gas, with a strategy
focused on connecting competitively priced resources to specific, high-value
markets. Active in more than 20 countries on five continents, BG Group has a
broad portfolio of exploration and production, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and
transmission and distribution business interests. It combines a deep
understanding of gas markets with a proven track record in finding and
commercialising reserves. For further information visit:
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There are matters set out within this announcement that are forward-looking
statements. Such statements are only predictions, and actual events or results
may differ materially. For a discussion of important factors which could cause
actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements, refer to
BG Group's Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2011. BG
Group does not undertake any obligation to update publicly, or revise,
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise, except to the extent legally required.
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