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Mayer Brown Advises Benin on LNG Import Terminal

Monday, July 29, 2019

Benin is being advised by Mayer Brown on its scheme to develop a floating LNG import terminal and the supply of up to 0.5 million tons per annum of regasified LNG to the country.

The country, its state-run power firm Société Béninoise d’Energie Electrique (SBEE) and Total, signed the gas supply agreement and the host government agreement for the installation of the first floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) in sub-Sahara Africa. The FSRU will be connect to the existing and planned power plants in Maria Gléta via pipeline.

Total will import LNG into Benin from its global LNG portfolio and sell gas to SBEE for use by existing and planned power plants at Maria Gléta for 15 years, with gas deliveries expected to start in 2021.

Mayer Brown was selected by Benin because of its market-leading position in the LNG and gas supply industries and its very active Francophone Africa practice, notably on power production projects and other major infrastructures. The Mayer Brown team was led by Banking & Finance partner Olivier Mélédo (Paris) and includes: Banking & Finance — counsel Hervé Kensicher and associate Stéphane Joly (both Paris); Corporate & Securities — partner Thomas Moore and associate Federica Castro (both Houston); and Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Michael Lennon (Houston).