Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

Document and Entity Information
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2011
Oct. 25, 2011
Entity Information [Line Items]    
Entity Registrant Name CHENIERE ENERGY INC,  
Entity Central Index Key 0000003570  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2011
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2011  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   82,843,733