Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Other Non-Current Assets

Other Non-Current Assets
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2019
Other Assets, Noncurrent [Abstract]  

As of December 31, 2019 and 2018, other non-current assets, net consisted of the following (in millions):
December 31,
Advances made to municipalities for water system enhancements


Advances and other asset conveyances to third parties to support LNG terminals


Advances made under EPC and non-EPC contracts


Equity method investments


Debt issuance costs, net


Tax-related payments and receivables




Total other non-current assets, net


Equity Method Investments

Our equity method investments consist of interests in privately-held companies. In 2017, we acquired an equity interest in Midship Holdings, LLC (“Midship Holdings”), which manages the business and affairs of Midship Pipeline Company, LLC (“Midship Pipeline”). Midship Pipeline is currently constructing an approximately 200-mile natural gas pipeline project (the “Midship Project”) that connects production in the Anadarko Basin to Gulf Coast markets. Midship Holdings entered into agreements with investment funds managed by EIG Global Energy Partners (“EIG”) under which EIG-managed funds committed to make an investment of up to $500 million (the “EIG Investment”) in the Midship Project, subject to the terms and conditions contained in the applicable agreements. The EIG Investment, when combined with equity contributed by us, is intended to ensure the Midship Project has the equity funding expected to be required to develop and construct the project. Construction of the Midship Project commenced in the first quarter of 2019.

Subsequent to Midship Project obtaining its financing in the form of credit facilities, in conjunction with existing equity, Midship Holdings was designed to finance its activities without additional subordinated financial support. As a result, Midship Holdings is no longer a variable interest entity. We continue to report Midship Holdings as an equity method investment due to our ability to exercise significant influence over the operating and financial policies of Midship Holdings through our non-controlling voting rights on its board of managers.

During the year ended December 31, 2019, we recognized impairment losses of $87 million relating to our investments in certain equity method investees, including Midship Holdings. Impairments were precipitated primarily by cost overruns and extended construction timelines for operating infrastructure of our investees’ projects, resulting in a reduction of the expected fair value of our equity interests. Impairment losses associated with our equity method investments are presented in other expense (income).

Our investment in Midship Holdings was $105 million, net of impairment losses, and $85 million at December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Cheniere LNG O&M Services, LLC (“O&M Services”), our wholly owned subsidiary provides the development, construction, operation and maintenance services associated with the Midship Project pursuant to agreements in which O&M Services receives an agreed upon fee and reimbursement of costs incurred. O&M Services recorded $12 million, $12 million and $3 million in the years ended December 31, 2019, 2018 and 2017, respectively, of other revenues and $3 million and $4 million of accounts receivable as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively, for services provided to Midship Pipeline under these agreements. CCL has entered into a transportation precedent agreement and a negotiated rate agreement with Midship Pipeline to secure firm pipeline transportation capacity for a period of 10 years following commencement of the Midship Project. In May 2018, CCL issued a letter of credit to Midship Pipeline for drawings up to an aggregate maximum amount of $16 million. Midship Pipeline had not made any drawings on this letter of credit as of December 31, 2019.