Cheniere Energy Partners LP’s (NYSE MKT: CQP) Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC has engaged 18 financial institutions to act as joint lead arrangers to assist in the structuring and arranging of up to approximately $5.8 billion of debt facilities, including approximately $4.6 billion of credit facilities and an approximately $1.2 billion revolving credit facility.
Sabine Pass Liquefaction will amend and upsize its existing credit facilities to increase the available commitments to fund a portion of the costs of developing, constructing, and placing into service the first five liquefaction trains of the Sabine Pass liquefaction project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, and for general business purposes. The Sabine Pass liquefaction project is being designed for up to six liquefaction trains, each with nominal production capacity of approximately 4.5 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa).
Obtaining financing is one of the last milestones to complete before proceeding with construction of Train 5 of the Sabine Pass liquefaction project. Cheniere Partners expects to close the credit facilities and issue a notice to proceed to Bechtel Oil, Gas, and Chemicals Inc. for Train 5 in due course.
Cheniere Partners owns 100% of the Sabine Pass LNG terminal located on the Sabine Pass deepwater shipping channel less than four miles from the Gulf Coast. The Sabine Pass LNG terminal includes existing infrastructure of five LNG storage tanks with capacity of 16.9 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe), two docks that can accommodate vessels with nominal capacity of up to 266,000 cubic meters, and vaporizers with regasification capacity of 4.0 Bcf/d.
Cheniere Partners is developing natural gas liquefaction facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal adjacent to the existing regasification facilities. Cheniere Partners plans to construct over time up to six liquefaction trains, which are in various stages of development. Each liquefaction train is expected to have a nominal production capacity of 4.5 Mtpa. The overall project completion percentage of Trains 1 and 2 is 90.8% as of May 31, and, for Trains 3 and 4, 67.7% as of May 31. Cheniere Partners has received all regulatory approvals to construct and operate Train 5 and 6.