Commitments and Contingencies
|12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2021
|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 unconditional purchase commitments and other executed contracts which do not meet the definition of a liability as of December 31, 2021, are not recognized as liabilities but require disclosures in our Consolidated Financial Statements.
LNG Terminal Commitments and Contingencies
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 total contract price of the EPC contract for Train 6 of the SPL Project, which achieved substantial completion on February 4, 2022, and the third marine berth that is currently under construction is approximately $2.5 billion, reflecting amounts incurred under change orders through December 31, 2021. As of December 31, 2021, we had approximately $0.2 billion remaining under this contract.
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.
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 five years.
As of December 31, 2021, 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 billions):
(1)Pricing of natural gas supply contracts is variable based on market commodity basis prices adjusted for basis spread, and pricing of IPM agreements is variable based on global gas market prices less fixed liquefaction fees and certain costs by us. Amounts included are based on estimated forward prices and basis spreads as of December 31, 2021. 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. Does not include incremental volumes of approximately 1,790 TBtu and 548 TBtu, respectively, pursuant to an amended IPM agreement and gas supply agreement with EOG Resources, Inc. that was executed subsequent to December 31, 2021, a portion of which is conditional on the in-service date of certain asset infrastructure and substantially all of which will be delivered after 2026.
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. We recognize legal costs in connection with legal and regulatory matters as they are incurred. 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 impact on our operating results, financial position or cash flows.