Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (Cheniere Partners) announced that its subsidiary, Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC (Sabine Liquefaction), has entered into a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS). As per the contract, KOGAS has agreed to purchase approximately 3.5 million tns per annum (mtpa) of LNG upon the commencement of train three operations.
KOGAS 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 KOGAS’s vessels. The SPA has a term of twenty years beginning on the date of first commercial delivery for train three; there is also an extension option of up to ten years. Deliveries from train three are expected to occur as early as 2017. The SPA is subject to certain conditions precedent, including but not limited to Sabine Liquefaction obtaining regulatory approvals, securing necessary financing arrangements and making a final investment decision to build the second phase of the liquefaction project.
“KOGAS is our fourth foundation customer and we have now sold 16 mtpa of the 18 mtpa being developed at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. KOGAS is a strong addition to our portfolio of customers as it is the largest LNG importer in the world and the dominant gas provider for the Republic of Korea, a nation that is soon to become a Free Trade Nation with the U.S.” said Charif Souki, Chairman and CEO. “We look forward to finalizing all necessary steps in order to begin construction of the first phase of our project early this year and more importantly, to becoming the first LNG exporter in the Continental U.S.”
Cheniere Partners owns 100% of the Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal located on the Sabine Pass Channel in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The Sabine Pass terminal has regasification and send-out capacity of 4.0 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) with storage capacity of 16.9 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe). Cheniere Partners is developing a project to add liquefaction and export capabilities to the existing infrastructure at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal.