Commitments and Contingencies
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2012
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|Commitments and Contingencies||
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
LNG Terminal Commitments and Contingencies
Obligations under LNG TUAs
Sabine Pass LNG has entered into third-party TUAs with Total and Chevron to provide berthing for LNG vessels and for the unloading, storage and regasification of LNG at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal.
Obligations under Bechtel EPC Contracts
Sabine Pass Liquefaction has entered into lump sum turnkey contracts for the engineering, procurement and construction of Train 1 and Train 2 (the "EPC Contract (Train 1 and 2)") and Train 3 and Train 4 (the "EPC Contract (Train 3 and 4)", and together with the EPC Contract (Train 1 and 2), the "EPC Contracts"), with Bechtel in November 2011 and December 2012, respectively.
The EPC Contract (Train 1 and 2) provides that Sabine Pass Liquefaction will pay Bechtel a contract price of $3.9 billion, which is subject to adjustment by change order. Sabine Pass Liquefaction has the right to terminate the EPC Contract for its convenience, in which case Bechtel will be paid (i) the portion of the contract price for the work performed, (ii) costs reasonably incurred by Bechtel on account of such termination and demobilization, and (iii) a lump sum of up to $30.0 million depending on the termination date.
The EPC Contract (Train 3 and 4) with Bechtel provides for (i) the procurement, engineering, design, installation, training, commissioning and placing into service of Train 3 and Train 4 and related facilities and (ii) certain modifications and improvements to Train 1, Train 2 and the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. The EPC Contract (Train 3 and 4) provides that Sabine Pass Liquefaction will pay Bechtel a contract price of $3.8 billion, which is subject to adjustment by change order. Sabine Pass Liquefaction has the right to terminate the EPC Contract for its convenience, in which case Bechtel will be paid (i) the portion of the contract price for the work performed, (ii) costs reasonably incurred by Bechtel on account of such termination and demobilization, and (iii) a lump sum of between $1.0 million and $2.5 million depending on the termination date if the EPC Contract is terminated prior to issuance of the notice to proceed and up to $30.0 million depending on the termination date if the EPC Contract is terminated after issuance of the notice to proceed. If Sabine Pass Liquefaction fails to issue the notice to proceed by December 31, 2013, then either party may terminate the EPC Contract, and Bechtel will be paid costs reasonably incurred by Bechtel on account of such termination and a lump sum of $5.0 million.
Under a settlement agreement with Crest Energy dated as of June 14, 2001, we agreed to pay or cause certain affiliates, successors and assigns to pay a royalty, which we refer to as the Crest Royalty. This Crest Royalty was calculated based on the volume of natural gas processed through covered LNG facilities, subject to a minimum of $2.0 million and a maximum of approximately $11.0 million per production year. In 2003, Freeport LNG contractually assumed the obligation to pay the Crest Royalty for natural gas processed at Freeport LNG's receiving terminal. Subsequently, the calculation of the Crest Royalty and the scope of Freeport LNG's assumed obligation to pay the Crest Royalty became the subject of litigation involving Cheniere, Crest Energy, and Freeport LNG ("Crest Royalty Litigation").
In March 2012, we purchased all of the rights, title, and interest in the Crest Royalty from Crest Energy. In September 2012, we entered into a settlement of the remaining claims in the Crest Royalty Litigation with Freeport LNG. As part of the settlement agreement, we terminated the Crest Royalty. As a result of the settlement with Freeport LNG, we recorded $13.2 million as an other non-current asset on our Consolidated Balance Sheets that represents the discounted cash flow fair value of the expected proceeds from Freeport LNG over the next 20 years. The fair value was determined utilizing a discount rate based on counterparty credit risk. The difference from the fair value asset recorded and the actual cash proceeds will be recorded as interest income on our Consolidated Income Statement over the next 20 years.
As a result of all of these transactions, we have resolved disputes persisting since 2001 related to real property at Freeport LNG and we have released certain of our subsidiaries from the first priority lien that had been granted to holders of the Crest Royalty, thereby improving our financial flexibility.
Restricted Net Assets
At December 31, 2012, our restricted net assets of consolidated subsidiaries were approximately $1,636.8 million.
In the ordinary course of business, we have issued surety bonds related to our offshore oil and gas operations and entered into certain multi-year licensing and service agreements, none of which are considered material to our financial position.
We 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. In the opinion of management, as of December 31, 2012, there were no threatened or pending legal matters that would have a material impact on our consolidated results of operations, financial position or cash flows.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
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