Cheniere Partners Engages Joint Lead Arrangers to Arrange the Debt Financing for Trains 3 and 4 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project
HOUSTON, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (“Cheniere Partners”) (NYSE MKT: CQP) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC, has engaged 17 financial institutions to act as Joint Lead Arrangers to assist in the structuring and arranging of credit facilities (the “Credit Facilities”). The Credit Facilities will be used to fund the remaining debt portion needed for the costs of developing, constructing and placing into service the first four trains of the liquefaction project being developed adjacent to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal and for general business purposes. We will amend and upsize the existing Term Loan A Credit Facility that was entered into last year for the financing of the first two trains, extending the available capacity to accommodate four liquefaction trains.
Obtaining debt financing is one of the last steps to complete before proceeding with construction of Trains 3 and 4 of the liquefaction project. Closing of the Credit Facilities and issuing a notice to proceed to Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. for Trains 3 and 4 is expected to occur within the upcoming weeks.
Cheniere Partners owns 100 percent of the Sabine Pass LNG terminal located on the Sabine Pass deep water shipping channel less than four miles from the Gulf Coast. The Sabine Pass LNG terminal has regasification facilities that include existing infrastructure of five LNG storage tanks with capacity of approximately 16.9 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe), two docks that can accommodate vessels of up to 265,000 cubic meters and vaporizers with regasification capacity of approximately 4.0 Bcf/d. Cheniere Partners is developing natural gas liquefaction facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities (the “Liquefaction Project”).
Cheniere Partners plans to construct over time up to six natural gas liquefaction trains (“Trains”, each in sequence, “Train 1″, “Train 2″, “Train 3″, “Train 4″, “Train 5″ and “Train 6″), which are in various stages of development. Each Train is expected to have a nominal annual capacity of approximately 4.5 mmtpa. Cheniere Partners’ wholly owned subsidiary, Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC (“Sabine Pass Liquefaction”), has entered into lump sum turnkey contracts for the engineering, procurement and construction of Train 1, Train 2, Train 3 and Train 4 with Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. (“Bechtel”). Sabine Pass Liquefaction has commenced construction of Train 1 and Train 2 and the related new facilities needed to treat, liquefy, store and export natural gas. Construction of Train 3 and Train 4 and the related facilities is expected to commence upon, among other things, obtaining financing commitments sufficient to fund construction of such Trains and making a positive final investment decision. Sabine Pass Liquefaction recently began the development of Train 5 and Train 6 and commenced the regulatory process in February 2013. Sabine Pass Liquefaction has also entered into six third-party LNG sale and purchase agreements (“SPAs”). The customers include BG Gulf Coast LNG, LLC (“BG”) for 5.5 mmtpa, Gas Natural Aprovisionamientos SDG S.A. (“Gas Natural Fenosa”) for 3.5 mmtpa, Korea Gas Corporation (“KOGAS”) for 3.5 mmtpa, GAIL (India) Ltd. (“GAIL”) for 3.5 mmtpa, Total Gas & Power North America, Inc. (“Total”) for 2.0 mmtpa and Centrica plc (“Centrica”) for 1.75 mmtpa. In addition, Sabine Pass Liquefaction has entered into an SPA with Cheniere Marketing, LLC (“Cheniere Marketing”) for up to 2.0 mmtpa of LNG that is produced but not already committed to third parties. The BG and Cheniere Marketing SPAs commence with the start of Train 1 operations and the Gas Natural Fenosa SPA commences with the start of Train 2 operations. The KOGAS and GAIL SPAs commence with the start of Train 3 and Train 4 operations, respectively, and the Total and Centrica SPAs commence with the start of Train 5 operations. Cheniere Partners has placed documentation pertaining to the Liquefaction Project, including the applications and supporting studies, on its website located at http://www.cheniereenergypartners.com.
Target Date ----------- Sabine Pass Liquefaction ------------------------ Milestone Trains Trains Trains 1 & 2 3 & 4 5 & 6 --- ----- ----- ----- DOE export authorization Received Received Initiated Filings Definitive commercial agreements Completed 7.7 mmtpa Completed 8.3 mmtpa - BG Gulf Coast LNG, LLC 4.2 mmtpa 1.3 mmtpa - Gas Natural Fenosa 3.5 mmtpa - KOGAS 3.5 mmtpa - GAIL (India) Ltd. 3.5 mmtpa - Total Gas & Power N.A. 2.0 mmtpa - Centrica plc 1.75 mmtpa EPC contract Completed Completed 2H14 Financing commitments 1H13 1H15 - Equity Received - Debt Received FERC authorization Received Received 2H14 - Certificate to commence construction Received Received Commence construction Completed 1H13 1H15 Commence operations 2015/2016 2016/2017 2018
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