Cheniere and Gas Natural Fenosa Sign 20-Year LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement

 Cheniere and Gas Natural Fenosa Sign 20-Year LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement  - Cheniere and Gas Natural Fenosa sign SPA for LNG sales from Corpus Christi Train 2  - Gas Natural Fenosa contracts for approximately 1.5 million tonnes per annum of LNG  PR Newswire  HOUSTON, June 2, 2014  HOUSTON, June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Cheniere Energy, Inc. ("Cheniere") (NYSE MKT: LNG) announced today that its subsidiary, Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC ("Corpus Christi Liquefaction"), has entered into a liquefied natural gas ("LNG") sale and purchase agreement ("SPA") with Gas Natural Fenosa LNG SL ("Gas Natural Fenosa") under which Gas Natural Fenosa has agreed to purchase approximately 1.5 million tonnes per annum ("mtpa") of LNG upon the commencement of operations of Train 2 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, Gas Natural Fenosa will purchase LNG on a free on board ("FOB") basis for a purchase price indexed to the monthly Henry Hub price plus a fixed component. LNG will be loaded onto Gas Natural Fenosa's vessels. The SPA has a term of twenty years commencing upon the date of first commercial delivery of the second train of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project, with an extension option of up to ten years. Deliveries from Train 2 are expected to occur in 2019.  "Gas Natural Fenosa is the second foundation customer on Train 2 of our Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project being developed in Texas. This is in addition to being a foundation customer at the Sabine Pass Liquefaction project. Gas Natural Fenosa is a leading, integrated European natural gas and power utility and significant participant in natural gas and LNG markets worldwide," said Charif Souki, Chairman and CEO. "To date we have entered into SPAs aggregating approximately 5.3 mtpa of LNG volumes. We are in advanced discussions with other counterparties and are working towards finalizing additional agreements. We continue to 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 second train of the Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project (the "Corpus Christi FID").  Gas Natural Fenosa is one of the leading multinational companies in the gas and electricity sector. The company operates in more than 25 countries, has more than 20 million customers and has 15.4 GW of installed power. It is the largest integrated gas and electricity company in Spain and Latin America, the leading marketer of natural gas on the Iberian Peninsula, and one of the largest distributors of natural gas in Latin America. Gas Natural Fenosa is a company of reference for LNG markets in the Atlantic and Mediterranean basins, where it operates 30 billion cubic meters (bcm). Additional information about Gas Natural Fenosa may be found on its website located at http://www.gasnaturalfenosa.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. Additional information about Cheniere Energy, Inc. may be found on its website located at http://www.cheniere.com.                         Target Date                        Sabine Pass Liquefaction                Corpus Christi                                                                Liquefaction                        Trains     Trains         Trains Milestone                        1 & 2      3 & 4          5 & 6                                                  T5: Received DOE export                                       FTA           Received FTA authorization          Received   Received                     Pending Non-FTA                                                  Pending                                                  Non-FTA                        Completed                 T5: Definitive commercial             Completed 8.3  Completed     2014 agreements             7.7 mtpa   mtpa                                                  T6: 2014 - BG Gulf Coast LNG,   4.2 mtpa   1.3 mtpa LLC - Gas Natural Fenosa   3.5 mtpa - KOGAS                           3.5 mtpa - GAIL (India) Ltd.               3.5 mtpa - Total Gas & Power                              2.0 mtpa N.A. - Centrica plc                                   1.75 mtpa - PT Pertamina                                                 0.8 mtpa - Endesa, S.A.                                                 2.25 mtpa - Iberdrola, S.A.                                              0.8 mtpa - Gas Natural Fenosa                                           1.5 mtpa LNG SL EPC contract           Completed  Completed      2015          Completed Financing                                        2015          2014 - Equity               Completed  Completed - Debt commitments     Received   Received FERC authorization - FERC Order           Received   Received       2014/2015     2014/2015 - Certificate to       Received   Received commence construction Issue Notice to        Completed  Completed      2015          2015 Proceed Commence operations    2015/2016  2016/2017      2018/2019     2018/2019  This press release contains certain statements that may include "forward-looking statements" within the meanings of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are "forward-looking statements." Included among "forward-looking statements" are, among other things, (i) statements regarding Cheniere's business strategy, plans and objectives, including the construction and operation of liquefaction facilities, (ii) statements regarding our expectations regarding regulatory authorizations and approvals, (iii) statements expressing beliefs and expectations regarding the development of Cheniere's LNG terminal and pipeline businesses, including liquefaction facilities, (iv) statements regarding the business operations and prospects of third parties, (v) statements regarding potential financing arrangements and (vi) statements regarding future discussions and entry into contracts. Although Cheniere believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. Cheniere's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in Cheniere's periodic reports that are filed with and available from the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Other than as required under the securities laws, Cheniere does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.  Logo- http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090611/AQ31545LOGO  SOURCE Cheniere Energy, Inc.  Website: http://www.cheniere.com Contact: Investors: Randy Bhatia: 713-375-5479 Christina Burke: 713-375-5104; or Media: Diane Haggard: 713-375-5259  
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