Frequently Asked Questions

Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. NYSE: CQP

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Who is Cheniere Energy Partners?

Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: CQP) (Cheniere Partners) is a publicly traded Delaware limited partnership formed by Cheniere Energy, Inc. (“Cheniere”). Cheniere Partners provides clean, secure and affordable LNG to integrated energy companies, utilities and energy trading companies around the world. Cheniere Partners aspires to conduct business in a safe and responsible manner, delivering a reliable, competitive and integrated source of LNG to its global customers.

Cheniere Partners owns the Sabine Pass LNG terminal located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, which has natural gas liquefaction facilities consisting of six liquefaction Trains, with a total production capacity of approximately 30 mtpa of LNG. The Sabine Pass LNG terminal also has operational regasification facilities that include five LNG storage tanks, vaporizers, and three marine berths. Cheniere Partners also owns the Creole Trail Pipeline, which interconnects the Sabine Pass LNG terminal with a number of large interstate pipelines.

What is the ticker for Cheniere Energy Partners?

Cheniere Energy Partners trades on the NYSE: CQP. Our common units previously traded on the NYSE American under the symbol CQP (from March 21, 2007 through February 2, 2024).

Who is the transfer agent for CQP?

If your Cheniere stock is held in an account with a stockbroker or other custodian, you should contact that firm. If you hold shares directly in your name, you should contact our transfer agent directly at: Computershare Trust Company, N.A.
P.O. Box 43006
Providence, RI 02940-3006
[T] (800) 962-4284
[F] (303) 262-0600

What is the CUSIP for CQP?


What is an MLP?

MLP stands for master limited partnership. It is a limited partnership that is publicly traded on a securities exchange. It combines the tax benefits of a limited partnership with the liquidity of publicly traded securities. MLPs are limited by law to apply to enterprises that engage in certain businesses, mostly pertaining to the use of natural resources, such as petroleum and natural gas extraction and transportation. MLPs pay their investors through quarterly required distributions (QRD), the amount of which is stated in the limited partnership agreement between the limited partners (the investors) and the general partner (the manager). Equity ownership in MLPs is referred to as “units”.

What is LNG?

LNG is natural gas (methane) - the same clean, safe energy source used to fuel our homes and industries - that has been reduced to 1/600th its volume through a sophisticated refrigeration process that cools the gas until it liquefies (minus 260 degrees fahrenheit). In a liquid form, natural gas can be shipped long distances safely and economically in specially designed ships with insulated storage tanks. Upon arrival at the Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal, the ships will transfer the LNG to insulated, onshore storage tanks.

What is an LNG train?

The LNG industry has adopted the analogy of a “train” meaning the series of processes and equipment units that individually remove elements from raw inlet natural gas that would otherwise plug or freeze the small passages in the downstream heat exchangers that in a cascade fashion reduces the temperature from ambient to -260 F. Each of these processes and equipment units are sequentially arranged, similar to cars of a railroad train.

Does CQP make cash distributions and when are they made?

CQP will make quarterly cash distributions on its common units of at least $0.425 per unit, or $1.70 per year, to the extent that it has available cash. Such quarterly cash distributions will be made within 45 days after the end of each quarter, beginning with the quarter ending March 31, 2007, to unit holders of record on the applicable record date. However, there is no guarantee that CQP will have a sufficient amount of available cash on hand to pay the minimum quarterly distributions on the units in any quarter.

Where can I find the distribution history of Cheniere Energy Partners?

Please click here to see historical distributions.

What is the I.R.S Employer Identification Number for Cheniere Energy Partners?

Cheniere Energy Partners – 20-5913059.

Whom do I contact to discuss Cheniere Energy Partners or Sabine Pass LNG?

Please contact the Investor Relations department for all investor related questions at (713) 375-5100 or

How do I request a copy of my Form K-1, correct information or discuss estate and/or tax questions related to CQP?

Please call PricewaterhouseCoopers at (866)-709-8182 or register here to receive your K-1 online. This support should not be relied upon for any tax advice; please consult a tax advisor or professional for more information.

How are MLPs taxed?

The following is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as offering tax advice; consult your tax advisor for more information.

  • Pass-Through – An MLP, like all partnerships, is a pass-through entity which means it passes on federally taxable income to its unitholders and pays no federal income tax itself.
  • Allocated Income – Each unitholder is allocated an allocable share of the MLP’s income, gains, losses, and credits (reported on K-1s). The unitholder generally pays ordinary tax on this allocated net income.
  • Distributions – are generally considered a “return of capital” and are not taxed when received. Tax on your distributions is deferred until you sell your units or until your adjusted basis reaches zero. If your basis reaches zero, future cash distributions will be taxed as capital gains in the year received.
  • Basis – Your units’ initial basis is equal to the amount paid to purchase your units. Cash distributions reduce your basis, and your share of taxable partnership income (after deductions) increases your basis.
  • Passive Loss – A unitholder’s K-1 will state his share of partnership income, gain, loss, deductions, and credits. If the result is net income, the unitholder pays tax on it at his individual tax rate. If the result is a net loss, it is considered a “passive loss” and may be carried forward and used to offset future income from the same partnership. This passive loss may not be used to offset income from other sources.
  • Tax Deferred Distribution – Often you hear someone say that “80% of the MLP’s distribution is tax-deferred.” As long as your distribution is less than your basis, that distribution is 100% tax-deferred. What they mean is your share of the MLP’s net taxable income equals 20% of the tax-deferred cash distribution. This percentage is just an example and your actual taxable income may be different. Further, when looking at the cumulative tax shield for a partnership, you should take into account passive loss carry forwards.
  • Gain on Sale – When you sell your units, your taxable gain equals the difference between the sales price and your adjusted basis. The gain resulting from basis reductions due to depreciation allocation (as well as certain other items) is taxed at ordinary income rates (this is called “recapture”). The rest of the gain is taxed at capital gains rates.
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Who presides over Executive Sessions of the Board?

The Chairman of the Audit Committee presides over executive sessions of the Board, where independent directors meet without management present.

How do I request a copy of the audited financial statements of CQP?

The Partnership’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, which includes the audited financial statements of the Partnership, is available on our website under SEC Filings. Hard copies of the report may be requested free of charge by emailing