Commitments and Contingencies
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2020
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|Commitments and Contingencies||COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
We have various contractual obligations which are recorded as liabilities in our Consolidated Financial Statements. Other items, such as certain purchase commitments and other executed contracts which do not meet the definition of a liability as of December 31, 2020, are not recognized as liabilities but require disclosures in our Consolidated Financial Statements.
LNG Terminal Commitments and Contingencies
Obligations under EPC Contracts
SPL has a lump sum turnkey contract with Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. (“Bechtel”) for the engineering, procurement and construction of Train 6 of the SPL Project. The EPC contract price for Train 6 of the SPL Project is approximately $2.5 billion, reflecting amounts incurred under change orders through December 31, 2020, and including estimated costs for the third marine berth that is currently under construction. As of December 31, 2020, we have incurred $1.9 billion under this contract.
CCL has a lump sum turnkey contract with Bechtel for the engineering, procurement and construction of Train 3 of the CCL Project. The EPC contract price for Train 3 of the CCL Project is approximately $2.4 billion, reflecting amounts incurred under change orders through December 31, 2020. As of December 31, 2020, we have incurred $2.4 billion under this contract.
SPL and CCL have the right to terminate its respective EPC contracts for its convenience, in which case Bechtel will be paid (1) the portion of the contract price for the work performed, (2) costs reasonably incurred by Bechtel on account of such termination and demobilization and (3) a lump sum of up to $30 million depending on the termination date.
Obligations under SPAs
SPL and CCL have third-party SPAs which obligate SPL and CCL, respectively, to purchase and liquefy sufficient quantities of natural gas to deliver contracted volumes of LNG to the customers’ vessels, subject to completion of construction of applicable specified Trains of the SPL Project or the CCL Project. In addition, our integrated marketing function has third-party SPAs which obligate us to deliver contracted volumes of LNG to the customers’ vessels or to the customers at their LNG receiving terminals.
Obligations under LNG TUAs
SPLNG has third-party TUAs with Total and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. to provide berthing for LNG vessels and for the unloading, storage and regasification of LNG at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal.
Obligations under Natural Gas Supply, Transportation and Storage Service Agreements
SPL, CCL and CCL Stage III have physical natural gas supply contracts to secure natural gas feedstock for the SPL Project, the CCL Project and potential future development of Corpus Christi Stage 3, respectively. The remaining terms of these contracts range up to 15 years, some of which commence upon the satisfaction of certain events or states of affairs. As of December 31, 2020, SPL, CCL and CCL Stage III have secured up to approximately 4,950 TBtu, 2,938 TBtu and 2,361 TBtu, respectively, of natural gas feedstock through natural gas supply contracts, a portion of which are considered purchase obligations if the certain events or states of affairs are satisfied.
Additionally, SPL and CCL have natural gas transportation and storage service agreements for the SPL Project and the CCL Project, respectively. The initial terms of the natural gas transportation agreements range up to 20 years for the SPL Project and the CCL Project, with renewal options for certain contracts, and commence upon the occurrence of conditions precedent. The initial term of the natural gas storage service agreements for the SPL Project ranges up to 10 years and the initial term of the natural gas storage service agreements for the CCL Project ranges up to 5 years.
As of December 31, 2020, the obligations of SPL, CCL and CCL Stage III under natural gas supply, transportation and storage service agreements for contracts in which conditions precedent were met were as follows (in millions):
(1)Pricing of natural gas supply contracts are variable based on market commodity basis prices adjusted for basis spread. Amounts included are based on estimated forward prices and basis spreads as of December 31, 2020. Some of our contracts may not have been negotiated as part of arranging financing for the underlying assets providing the natural gas supply, transportation and storage services.
Restricted Net Assets
At December 31, 2020, our restricted net assets of consolidated subsidiaries were approximately $3.0 billion.
In the ordinary course of business, we have entered into certain multi-year licensing and service agreements, none of which are considered material to our financial position.
Environmental and Regulatory Matters
Our LNG terminals and pipelines are subject to extensive regulation under federal, state and local statutes, rules, regulations and laws. These laws require that we engage in consultations with appropriate federal and state agencies and that we obtain and maintain applicable permits and other authorizations. Failure to comply with such laws could result in legal proceedings, which may include substantial penalties. We believe that, based on currently known information, compliance with these laws and regulations will not have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition or cash flows.
We are, and may in the future be, involved as a party to various legal proceedings, which are incidental to the ordinary course of business. We regularly analyze current information and, as necessary, provide accruals for probable liabilities on the eventual disposition of these matters. While the results of these litigation matters and claims cannot be predicted with certainty, we believe the reasonably possible losses from such matters, individually and in the aggregate, are not material. Additionally, we believe the probable final outcome of such matters will not have a material adverse effect on our consolidated results of operations, financial position or cash flows.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
Reference 1: http://fasb.org/us-gaap/role/ref/legacyRef