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August 11, 2015

EDF and CHENIERE sign TTF-indexed SPA

Cheniere Energy (NYSE: LNG) that its wholly owned subsidiary, Cheniere Marketing International LLP ("Cheniere Marketing") has entered into sales arrangements with Électricité de France, S.A. ("EDF") for the delivery of liquefied natural gas ("LNG") cargoes on an ex-ship basis ("DES") from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal ("Sabine Pass") to the Dunkerque LNG terminal in France. The sales arrangements cover the delivery of up to 26 cargoes, or up to approximately 100 million MMBtus, through 2018. The sales price for the LNG cargoes is linked to the Dutch Title Transfer index (TTF), a natural gas pricing index in continental Europe.

Volumes will be sourced from Cheniere Marketing's LNG supply portfolio, which includes rights under a sale and purchase agreement ("SPA") with Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC to purchase any LNG produced from Sabine Pass in excess of that required for other customers. Cheniere Marketing has a similar SPA with Corpus Christi Liquefaction, LLC for LNG produced from Cheniere's Corpus Christi liquefaction project ("CCL Project").


 

July 21, 2015

Engie and Kansai Electric sign LNG cooperation agreement

ENGIE and Kansai Electric have agreed to enter into a partnership agreement on liquefied natural gas.This agreement will provide shipping optimization and other commercial and marketing opportunities in Europe and in other LNG markets to the benefits of Kansai and ENGIE.

ENGIE will purchase 0.4 million tons per annum (mtpa) of LNG from Kansai's North American LNG. Depending on markets conditions, ENGIE could then sell an equivalent amount of LNG to Kansai Electric in Japan. The transaction will start in 2019 for an initial period of four years which can be extended up to 20 years.
ENGIE will manage these agreements – purchase, sale and shipping agreements – within its own diversified LNG portfolio.

 

June 2, 2015

ENGIE and Novatek sign LNG SPA from Yamal

ENGIE and NOVATEK have concluded today an LNG Sales and Purchase Agreement from the Yamal LNG project. Under the FOB agreement, ENGIE will receive 1 million tons per year over a 23-year period starting 2018. This represents 14 cargoes per year which will be delivered from Yamal Trade icebreaker LNG carriers at the Montoir-de-Bretagne LNG terminal (ENGIE), on the western coast of France, where NOVATEK will transfer the LNG, via a transshipment service operated by Elengy, to ENGIE vessels. The LNG will be further delivered anywhere in the world depending on client’s needs.

May 13, 2015

Cheniere takes FID on Corpus Christi liquefaction project

Cheniere Energy, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has made a positive Final Investment Decision with respect to its liquefaction project near Corpus Christi, Texas and has issued a notice to proceed to Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. to construct the first two natural gas liquefaction trains. The CCL Project is designed for up to three trains with expected aggregate nominal production capacity of approximately 13.5 million tonnes per annum, three LNG storage tanks with capacity of approximately 10.1 Bcfe, two LNG carrier docks and a 22-mile, 48" natural gas supply pipeline. The first train is expected to start operations as early as 2018, with the second train expected to commence operations approximately six to nine months thereafter.

"We have initiated construction on our second LNG export facility, the Corpus Christi liquefaction project, located on the Coastal Bend of Texas along the Gulf of Mexico. Including our LNG export facility at Sabine Pass, we now have six trains under construction, with first LNG expected at Sabine Pass from Train 1 by year end," said Charif Souki, Chairman and CEO of Cheniere. "For these major projects, getting to the point of commencing construction represents the culmination of years of dedicated hard work by all of our employees, Bechtel, other strategic partners, and legislative and government officials. We would like to thank all for their efforts and look forward to successful project execution in Corpus Christi."

Total project costs of approximately $11.5 billion for the first two trains, two LNG storage tanks, one dock and the natural gas supply pipeline will be funded with approximately $3.1 billion of project equity and approximately $8.4 billion of debt.

 

April 29, 2015

Panama Canal New Tolls Structure Approved

The Cabinet Council of the Republic of Panama has officially approved a proposal to modify the Canal tolls structure, following a recommendation from the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Board of Directors.


The accepted proposal-which modifies the pricing structure for most Canal segments-will better facilitate the Canal's goal of providing outstanding service and reliability to the global shipping and maritime community while allowing the ACP to safeguard the competitiveness of the waterway.


Today's passage follows more than a year of informal consultations with representatives from various industry segments, an open call for comments, and a public hearing to solicit industry feedback on these changes.


"After working in close cooperation with our partners in the maritime industry, I am pleased we will be able to provide a more bespoke pricing solution for our customers; one that recognizes their various needs and requests, while still appreciating the value and reliability provided by the route," said Panama Canal Administrator/CEO Jorge L. Quijano.
Most segments will now be priced based upon different units of measurement to meet and align with the diverse traffic transiting the locks. For instance, dry bulkers will be based on deadweight tonnage capacity and metric tons of cargo. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) vessels, will be based on cubic meters and tankers will be measured and priced on Panama Canal Universal measurement system (PC/UMS) tons and metric tons of cargo. Container ships will continue to be measured and priced on TEUs and passenger vessels will continue to be based on berths or PC/UMS. In addition, a new Intra Maritime Cluster segment has been created which includes local tourism vessels, marine bunkering and container transshipment vessels that do not compete with international trade.

The tolls restructuring will also be implemented alongside a customer-loyalty program for the container segment, a first for the ACP. Frequent container customers will now receive premium prices, once a particular TEU volume is reached.

"The ACP deeply values the relationships we share with our customers," Quijano continued. "As we prepare for the completion of the Canal's Expansion Program, we look forward to continuing to provide the same superior reliability, service and value to our customers, as well as now accommodate longer, wider ships and the new LNG segment."

The newly approved toll adjustments for all market segments are scheduled to go into effect on April 1, 2016, except for the new Intra Maritime Cluster Segment which go into effect with this approval.
 

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