Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2013
Nature of Operations [Text Block]

Cheniere Energy, Inc., a Delaware corporation, is a Houston-based energy company primarily engaged in liquefied natural gas ("LNG") related businesses. We own and operate the Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas ("LNG") terminal in Louisiana through our 57.9% ownership interest in and management agreements with Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. ("Cheniere Partners") (NYSE MKT: CQP), which is a publicly traded partnership that we created in 2007.  The Sabine Pass LNG terminal is located on the Sabine Pass deep water shipping channel less than four miles from the Gulf Coast. The Sabine Pass LNG terminal has regasification facilities owned by Cheniere Partners' wholly owned subsidiary, Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. ("Sabine Pass LNG") that includes existing infrastructure of five LNG storage tanks with capacity of approximately 16.9 Bcfe, two docks that can accommodate vessels with capacity of up to 265,000 cubic meters and vaporizers with regasification capacity of approximately 4.0 Bcf/d.

Cheniere Partners is developing natural gas liquefaction facilities (the "Liquefaction Project") at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities through a wholly owned subsidiary, Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC ("Sabine Pass Liquefaction"). We plan to construct up to six Trains, which are in various stages of development. Each Train is expected to have nominal production capacity of approximately 4.5 million tonnes per annum ("mtpa") of LNG.

In May 2013, we sold our ownership interests in Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline, L.P. ("CTPL") and Cheniere Pipeline GP Interests, LLC (collectively, the "Creole Trail Pipeline Business") to Cheniere Partners for $480.0 million and were reimbursed $13.9 million for certain expenditures incurred prior to the closing date.  Concurrent with the Creole Trail Pipeline Business sale closing, we acquired 12.0 million Class B units from Cheniere Partners for aggregate consideration of $180.0 million pursuant to a unit purchase agreement between Cheniere Partners and Cheniere Class B Units Holdings, LLC, our wholly owned subsidiary.  As a result of the two transactions, we received net cash of $313.9 million.

Approximately one-half of the receiving capacity at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal is contracted to two multinational energy companies. The other half is held by Sabine Pass Liquefaction for use in connection with the Liquefaction Project. One of our wholly owned subsidiaries, Cheniere Marketing, LLC ("Cheniere Marketing"), markets LNG on its own behalf, and through a series of agreements, has the right to utilize the regasification capacity held by Sabine Pass Liquefaction during the construction phase of the Liquefaction Project. Cheniere Marketing also holds a 104.0 million MMBtu per year LNG sale and purchase agreement ("SPA") with Sabine Pass Liquefaction under which it has the right to purchase LNG from Sabine Pass Liquefaction for a tiered incentive-based fee.
We are also in various stages of developing other projects, including LNG facilities and associated pipelines, each of which, among other things, will require acceptable commercial and financing arrangements before we make a final investment decision.

Unless the context requires otherwise, references to the "Company", "Cheniere", "we", "us" and "our" refer to Cheniere Energy, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including our publicly traded subsidiary partnership, Cheniere Partners.