Total Negotiating Financing of Yamal LNG project with Japanese Banks

October 8, 2015

France’s oil major Total is negotiating possible financing of its Yamal LNG liquefied gas project in Russia with Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and other financial institutions, the Japanese newspaper Nikkei said on Thursday, citing Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne.

"We are working with various banks, including Japanese banks, with the help of credit agencies, including Japan Bank for International Cooperation, to raise the funds," he said in an interview with the newspaper. "We will have the funds available in the coming months."

Dropping crude oil prices have prompted Total to cut investment and costs. Thus, according to Pouyanne, investments will be cut to 23-24 billion U.S. dollars in 2015 against 28 billion in 2013.
The Total CEO is currently in Japan for talks with government organizations, private companies and bank to raise financing to its projects, including Yamal LNG.

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