Cheniere and Endesa Sign 20-Year LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement
Cheniere Energy, Inc. ("Cheniere") (NYSE MKT: LNG) announced that its subsidiary, Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC ("Corpus Christi Liquefaction"), has entered into a liquefied natural gas ("LNG") sale and purchase agreement ("SPA") with Endesa Generacion, S.A. ("Endesa") under which Endesa has agreed to purchase approximately 1.5 million tonnes per annum ("mtpa") of LNG upon the commencement of operations from the LNG export facility being developed near Corpus Christi, Texas (the "Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project"). The Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project is being designed and permitted for up to three trains, with aggregate design production capacity of 13.5 mtpa of LNG.
Under the SPA, Endesa will purchase LNG on an FOB basis for a purchase price indexed to the monthly Henry Hub price plus a fixed component. LNG will be loaded onto Endesa's vessels. The SPA has a term of twenty years commencing upon the date of first commercial delivery and an extension option of up to ten years. Deliveries are expected to occur as early as 2018.
"Endesa is the second foundation customer for our Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project being developed in Texas. Endesa is a leading electric utility and major natural gas provider in Spain, and has significant operations throughout Latin America," said Charif Souki, Chairman and CEO. "We continue to work towards finalizing additional commercial agreements and are nearing completion of the regulatory process, having recently received our scheduling notice from the FERC. We expect to complete all necessary steps to reach a final investment decision and begin construction by early 2015."
The SPA is subject to certain conditions precedent, including but not limited to Corpus Christi Liquefaction receiving regulatory approvals, securing necessary financing arrangements and making a final investment decision to construct the first train of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project (the "Corpus Christi FID").
Endesa is a Spanish multinational which operates across the entire value chain of the electricity business (generation, transmission, distribution and sale). It is also an important player in the gas business. Endesa is the leading power company in Spain, the largest private electricity utility in Latin America and is present in various European countries and Morocco. Endesa has total installed capacity of 40,000 MW, generates 130,000 GWh and has 25 million customers and 23,000 employees worldwide. Endesa is part of the Enel group, the largest electric utility in Italy and the second largest in Europe by installed capacity. Enel is an integrated operator active in the energy and gas sector which is present in 40 countries worldwide, has net installed capacity of 97,000 MW and sells gas and electricity to over 61 million customers. Additional information about Endesa may be found on its website located at http://www.endesa.com.
Cheniere Energy, Inc. is a Houston-based energy company primarily engaged in LNG-related businesses, and owns and operates the Sabine Pass LNG terminal and Creole Trail Pipeline in Louisiana. Cheniere is pursuing related business opportunities both upstream and downstream of the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. Through its subsidiary, Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P., Cheniere is developing a liquefaction project at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities for up to six LNG trains, each of which will have a design production capacity of approximately 4.5 mtpa ("Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project"). Construction has begun on LNG trains 1 through 4 at the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project. Cheniere has also initiated a project to develop liquefaction facilities near Corpus Christi, Texas. The Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project is being designed and permitted for up to three LNG trains, with aggregate design production capacity of up to 13.5 mtpa of LNG and which would include three LNG storage tanks with capacity of 10.1 Bcfe and two LNG carrier docks. Commencement of construction for the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project is subject, but not limited, to obtaining regulatory approvals, entering into long-term customer contracts sufficient to underpin financing of the project, obtaining financing, and Cheniere making a final investment decision. We believe LNG exports from the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project could commence as early as 2018.
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