Derivative Instruments 
9 Months Ended  

Sep. 30, 2017  
Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities Disclosure [Abstract]  
Derivative Instruments 
DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS
We have entered into the following derivative instruments that are reported at fair value:
None of our derivative instruments are designated as cash flow hedging instruments, and changes in fair value are recorded within our Consolidated Statements of Operations to the extent not utilized for the commissioning process.
The following table (in millions) shows the fair value of our derivative instruments that are required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, which are classified as derivative assets, noncurrent derivative assets, derivative liabilities or noncurrent derivative liabilities in our Consolidated Balance Sheets.
There have been no changes to our evaluation of and accounting for our derivative positions during the nine months ended September 30, 2017. See Note 7—Derivative Instruments of our Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our annual report on Form 10K for the year ended December 31, 2016 for additional information.
We value our Interest Rate Derivatives using valuations based on the initial trade prices. Using an incomebased approach, subsequent valuations are based on observable inputs to the valuation model including interest rate curves, risk adjusted discount rates, credit spreads and other relevant data. The estimated fair values of our economic hedges related to the LNG Trading Derivatives are the amounts at which the instruments could be exchanged currently between willing parties. We value these derivatives using observable commodity price curves and other relevant data. We estimate the fair value of our FX Derivatives with a market approach using observable FX rates and other relevant data.
The fair value of our Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives is predominantly driven by market commodity basis prices and our assessment of the associated conditions precedent, including evaluating whether the respective market is available as pipeline infrastructure is developed. Upon the satisfaction of conditions precedent, including completion and placement into service of relevant pipeline infrastructure to accommodate marketable physical gas flow, we recognize a gain or loss based on the fair value of the respective natural gas supply contracts as of the reporting date.
The fair value of substantially all of our Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives is developed through the use of internal models which are impacted by inputs that are unobservable in the marketplace. As a result, the fair value of our Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives is designated as Level 3 within the valuation hierarchy. The curves used to generate the fair value of our Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives are based on basis adjustments applied to forward curves for a liquid trading point. In addition, there may be observable liquid market basis information in the near term, but terms of a Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives contract may exceed the period for which such information is available, resulting in a Level 3 classification. In these instances, the fair value of the contract incorporates extrapolation assumptions made in the determination of the market basis price for future delivery periods in which applicable commodity basis prices were either not observable or lacked corroborative market data. Internal fair value models include conditions precedent to the respective longterm natural gas supply contracts. As of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, some of our Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives existed within markets for which the pipeline infrastructure is under development to accommodate marketable physical gas flow.
The following table includes quantitative information for the unobservable inputs for our Level 3 Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives as of September 30, 2017:
The following table (in millions) shows the changes in the fair value of our Level 3 Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016:
Derivative assets and liabilities arising from our derivative contracts with the same counterparty are reported on a net basis, as all counterparty derivative contracts provide for net settlement. The use of derivative instruments exposes us to counterparty credit risk, or the risk that a counterparty will be unable to meet its commitments in instances when our derivative instruments are in an asset position. Our derivative instruments are subject to contractual provisions which provide for the unconditional right of setoff for all derivative assets and liabilities with a given counterparty in the event of default.
Interest Rate Derivatives
SPL had entered into interest rate swaps (“SPL Interest Rate Derivatives”) to protect against volatility of future cash flows and hedge a portion of the variable interest payments on the credit facilities it entered into in June 2015 (the “2015 SPL Credit Facilities”). In March 2017, SPL settled the SPL Interest Rate Derivatives and recognized a derivative loss of $7 million in conjunction with the termination of approximately $1.6 billion of commitments under the 2015 SPL Credit Facilities, as discussed in Note 10—Debt.
CCH has entered into interest rate swaps (“CCH Interest Rate Derivatives”) to protect against volatility of future cash flows and hedge a portion of the variable interest payments on its credit facility (the “2015 CCH Credit Facility”). In May 2017, CCH settled a portion of the CCH Interest Rate Derivatives and recognized a derivative loss of $13 million in conjunction with the termination of approximately $1.4 billion of commitments under the 2015 CCH Credit Facility, as discussed in Note 10—Debt.
During the nine months ended September 30, 2017, there were no changes to the terms of the interest rate swaps (“CQP Interest Rate Derivatives”) entered into by CQP to hedge a portion of the variable interest payments on the credit facilities it entered into in February 2016 (the “2016 CQP Credit Facilities”). See Note 7—Derivative Instruments of our Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our annual report on Form 10K for the year ended December 31, 2016 for additional information.
As of September 30, 2017, we had the following Interest Rate Derivatives outstanding:
The following table (in millions) shows the fair value and location of our Interest Rate Derivatives on our Consolidated Balance Sheets:
The following table (in millions) shows the changes in the fair value and settlements of our Interest Rate Derivatives recorded in derivative gain (loss), net on our Consolidated Statements of Operations during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016:
Commodity Derivatives
The following table (in millions, except notional amount) shows the fair value and location of our Liquefaction Supply Derivatives and LNG Trading Derivatives (collectively, “Commodity Derivatives”) on our Consolidated Balance Sheets:
The following table (in millions) shows the changes in the fair value, settlements and location of our Commodity Derivatives recorded on our Consolidated Statements of Operations during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016:
FX Derivatives
The following table (in millions) shows the fair value and location of our FX Derivatives on our Consolidated Balance Sheets:
The total notional amount of our FX Derivatives was $7 million and $11 million as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively.
The following table (in millions) shows the changes in the fair value of our FX Derivatives recorded on our Consolidated Statements of Operations during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016:
Balance Sheet Presentation
Our derivative instruments are presented on a net basis on our Consolidated Balance Sheets as described above. The following table (in millions) shows the fair value of our derivatives outstanding on a gross and net basis:
