OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 31, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:CHK) and Vitol Inc. ("Vitol") today announced the entrance into a Heads of Agreement ("HOA") with Chesapeake Energy Marketing L.L.C. ("Chesapeake") a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
Under the HOA, Chesapeake will supply up to 1 million tonnes of LNG per annum to Vitol with the purchase price indexed to Japan Korea Marker ("JKM") for a period of 15 years. Following the execution of the HOA, Chesapeake and Vitol will jointly select the most optimal liquefaction facility in the United States to liquify the gas produced by Chesapeake for delivery to Vitol. The HOA has a targeted start date in 2028.
Nick Dell'Osso, Chesapeake President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are pleased to expand our relationship with Vitol to deliver independently certified reliable, affordable, lower carbon energy to global markets in need. Today's announcement marks another important step on our path to 'Be LNG Ready', and is further recognition of the premium rock, returns, and runway of our advantaged portfolio and the strength of our financial position. We look forward to entering into additional agreements as export capacity continues to come online."
Ben Marshall, Head of Vitol Americas, said: "We are excited to build upon our existing relationship with Chesapeake. The global energy landscape has changed significantly in the last two years, which has highlighted the importance of U.S. natural gas production and liquefaction in satisfying the world's energy needs. Global LNG demand is experiencing tremendous growth and Vitol continues to strengthen its position to safely and reliably deliver cost effective, flexible solutions to our customers around the world."
Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:CHK) is powered by dedicated and innovative employees who are focused on discovering and responsibly developing leading positions in top U.S. oil and gas plays. With a goal to achieve net zero GHG emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 2035, Chesapeake is committed to safely answering the call for affordable, reliable, lower carbon energy.
Vitol is a leader in the energy sector with a presence across the spectrum: from oil through to power, renewables and carbon. Chartering circa 6,000 sea voyages every year, it trades 7.4 million barrels per day of crude oil and products, 13.7 million mt LNG per annum and has contracted sales of 1,500 TWh of natural gas each year.
Vitol's clients include national oil companies, multinationals, leading industrial companies and utilities. Founded in Rotterdam in 1966, today Vitol serves clients from some 40 offices worldwide and is invested in energy assets globally including: gas to power production, thermal and renewable power plants with circa 1.2 GW of capacity, more than 17 million m3 of storage globally, 500,000 barrels per day of refining capacity, over 7,000 service stations and a growing portfolio of transitional and renewable energy assets. Revenues in 2022 were $505 billion.
For more information: www.vitol.com
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- the impact of inflation and commodity price volatility resulting from instability in Europe and the Middle East, COVID-19 and related labor and supply chain constraints, along with the effects of the current global economic environment, including impacts from higher interest rates and recent bank closures and liquidity concerns at certain financial institutions, on our business, financial condition, employees, contractors, vendors and the global demand for natural gas and oil and U.S. and on world financial markets;
- our ability to comply with the covenants under the credit agreement for our New Credit Facility and other indebtedness;
- risks related to acquisitions or dispositions, or potential acquisitions or dispositions;
- our ability to realize anticipated cash cost reductions;
- the volatility of natural gas, oil and NGL prices, which are affected by general economic and business conditions, as well as increased demand for (and availability of) alternative fuels and electric vehicles;
- a deterioration in general economic, business or industry conditions;
- uncertainties inherent in estimating quantities of natural gas, oil and NGL reserves and projecting future rates of production and the amount and timing of development expenditures;
- our ability to replace reserves and sustain production;
- drilling and operating risks and resulting liabilities;
- our ability to generate profits or achieve targeted results in drilling and well operations;
- the limitations our level of indebtedness may have on our financial flexibility;
- our ability to achieve and maintain ESG certifications, goals and commitments;
- our inability to access the capital markets on favorable terms;
- the availability of cash flows from operations and other funds to fund cash dividends and repurchases of equity securities, to finance reserve replacement costs and/or satisfy our debt obligations;
- write-downs of our natural gas and oil asset carrying values due to low commodity prices;
- charges incurred in response to market conditions;
- limited control over properties we do not operate;
- leasehold terms expiring before production can be established;
- commodity derivative activities resulting in lower prices realized on natural gas, oil and NGL sales;
- the need to secure derivative liabilities and the inability of counterparties to satisfy their obligations;
- potential over-the-counter derivatives regulations limiting our ability to hedge against commodity price fluctuations;
- adverse developments or losses from pending or future litigation and regulatory proceedings, including royalty claims;
- our need to secure adequate supplies of water for our drilling operations and to dispose of or recycle the water used;
- pipeline and gathering system capacity constraints and transportation interruptions;
- legislative, regulatory and ESG initiatives, addressing environmental concerns, including initiatives addressing the impact of global climate change or further regulating hydraulic fracturing, methane emissions, flaring or water disposal;
- terrorist activities and/or cyber-attacks adversely impacting our operations;
- an interruption in operations at our headquarters due to a catastrophic event;
- federal and state tax proposals affecting our industry;
- competition in the natural gas and oil exploration and production industry;
- negative public perceptions of our industry;
- effects of purchase price adjustments and indemnity obligations;
- the ability to execute on our business strategy following emergence from bankruptcy; and
- other factors that are described under Risk Factors in Item 1A of our 2022 Form 10-K.
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