UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
 
 
 
 
FORM 10-Q
 
 
 
 
 
x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2018
or
¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 For the transition period from            to            
Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Delaware
001-33366
20-5913059
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
 
700 Milam Street, Suite 1900
Houston, Texas
 
77002
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
(713) 375-5000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
 
 
 
 
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes x   No ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes x No ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer  x
Accelerated filer                     o 
Non-accelerated filer    o
Smaller reporting company    o 
 
Emerging growth company    o
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes ¨    No x
As of November 2, 2018, the registrant had 348,623,792 common units and 135,383,831 subordinated units outstanding.
 
 
 
 
 



CHENIERE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P.
TABLE OF CONTENTS


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




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DEFINITIONS
As used in this quarterly report, the terms listed below have the following meanings: 

Common Industry and Other Terms
Bcf
 
billion cubic feet
Bcf/d
 
billion cubic feet per day
Bcf/yr
 
billion cubic feet per year
Bcfe
 
billion cubic feet equivalent
DOE
 
U.S. Department of Energy
EPC
 
engineering, procurement and construction
FERC
 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
FTA countries
 
countries with which the United States has a free trade agreement providing for national treatment for trade in natural gas
GAAP
 
generally accepted accounting principles in the United States
Henry Hub
 
the final settlement price (in USD per MMBtu) for the New York Mercantile Exchange’s Henry Hub natural gas futures contract for the month in which a relevant cargo’s delivery window is scheduled to begin
LIBOR
 
London Interbank Offered Rate
LNG
 
liquefied natural gas, a product of natural gas that, through a refrigeration process, has been cooled to a liquid state, which occupies a volume that is approximately 1/600th of its gaseous state
MMBtu
 
million British thermal units, an energy unit
mtpa
 
million tonnes per annum
non-FTA countries
 
countries with which the United States does not have a free trade agreement providing for national treatment for trade in natural gas and with which trade is permitted
SEC
 
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
SPA
 
LNG sale and purchase agreement
TBtu
 
trillion British thermal units, an energy unit
Train
 
an industrial facility comprised of a series of refrigerant compressor loops used to cool natural gas into LNG
TUA
 
terminal use agreement



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Abbreviated Legal Entity Structure

The following diagram depicts our abbreviated legal entity structure as of September 30, 2018, including our ownership of certain subsidiaries, and the references to these entities used in this quarterly report:
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Unless the context requires otherwise, references to “Cheniere Partners,” “the Partnership,” “we,” “us” and “our” refer to Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. and its consolidated subsidiaries, including SPLNG, SPL and CTPL

References to “Blackstone Group” refer to The Blackstone Group, L.P. References to “Blackstone CQP Holdco” refer to Blackstone CQP Holdco LP. References to “Blackstone” refer to Blackstone Group and Blackstone CQP Holdco.

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PART I.
FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
ITEM 1.
CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 
CHENIERE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in millions, except unit data)




 
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
 
2018
 
2017
ASSETS
 
(unaudited)
 
 
Current assets
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$

 
$

Restricted cash
 
1,457

 
1,589

Accounts and other receivables
 
224

 
191

Accounts receivable—affiliate
 
22

 
163

Advances to affiliate
 
189

 
36

Inventory
 
88

 
95

Other current assets
 
55

 
65

Total current assets
 
2,035

 
2,139

 
 
 
 
 
Property, plant and equipment, net
 
15,282

 
15,139

Debt issuance costs, net
 
15

 
38

Non-current derivative assets
 
25

 
31

Other non-current assets, net
 
179

 
206

Total assets
 
$
17,536

 
$
17,553

 
 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS’ EQUITY
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
 
$
13

 
$
12

Accrued liabilities
 
503

 
637

Due to affiliates
 
53

 
68

Deferred revenue
 
119

 
111

Deferred revenue—affiliate
 

 
1

Derivative liabilities
 
6

 

Total current liabilities
 
694

 
829

 
 
 
 
 
Long-term debt, net
 
16,059

 
16,046

Non-current derivative liabilities
 
2

 
3

Other non-current liabilities
 
10

 
11

Other non-current liabilities—affiliate
 
23

 
25

 
 
 
 
 
Partners’ equity
 
 
 
 
Common unitholders’ interest (348.6 million units issued and outstanding at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017)
 
1,759

 
1,670

Subordinated unitholders’ interest (135.4 million units issued and outstanding at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017)
 
(1,008
)
 
(1,043
)
General partner’s interest (2% interest with 9.9 million units issued and outstanding at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017)
 
(3
)
 
12

Total partners’ equity
 
748


639

Total liabilities and partners’ equity
 
$
17,536

 
$
17,553


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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CHENIERE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(in millions, except per unit data)
(unaudited)
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
Revenues
 

 

 
 
 
 
LNG revenues
 
$
1,249

 
$
723

 
$
3,419

 
$
1,718

LNG revenues—affiliate
 
205

 
111

 
886

 
864

Regasification revenues
 
66

 
65

 
196

 
195

Other revenues
 
9

 
3

 
28

 
7

Other revenues—affiliate
 

 
1

 

 
2

Total revenues
 
1,529

 
903

 
4,529

 
2,786

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating costs and expenses
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of sales (excluding depreciation and amortization expense shown separately below)
 
756

 
490

 
2,291

 
1,580

Operating and maintenance expense
 
113

 
73

 
306

 
205

Operating and maintenance expense—affiliate
 
31

 
31

 
87

 
70

Development expense
 
1

 
1

 
2

 
2

General and administrative expense
 
3

 
5

 
9

 
10

General and administrative expense—affiliate
 
18

 
18

 
53

 
63

Depreciation and amortization expense
 
107

 
87

 
318

 
239

Impairment expense and loss on disposal of assets
 
8

 

 
8

 

Other
 

 
1

 

 
1

Total operating costs and expenses
 
1,037

 
706

 
3,074

 
2,170

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from operations
 
492

 
197

 
1,455

 
616

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other income (expense)
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense, net of capitalized interest
 
(183
)
 
(153
)
 
(552
)
 
(437
)
Loss on modification or extinguishment of debt
 
(12
)
 
(25
)
 
(12
)
 
(67
)
Derivative gain (loss), net
 
2

 
1

 
13

 
(2
)
Other income
 
8

 
3

 
19

 
6

Total other expense
 
(185
)
 
(174
)
 
(532
)
 
(500
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
 
$
307

 
$
23

 
$
923

 
$
116

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic and diluted net income (loss) per common unit
 
$
0.60

 
$
(1.10
)
 
$
1.82

 
$
(4.12
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average number of common units outstanding used for basic and diluted net income (loss) per common unit calculation
 
348.6

 
247.2

 
348.6

 
121.2





The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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CHENIERE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PARTNERS’ EQUITY
(in millions)
(unaudited)
 
Common Unitholders’ Interest
 
Subordinated Unitholder’s Interest
 
General Partner’s Interest
 
Total Partners’ Equity
 
Units
 
Amount
 
Units
 
Amount
 
Units
 
Amount
 
Balance at December 31, 2017
348.6

 
$
1,670

 
135.4

 
$
(1,043
)
 
9.9

 
$
12

 
$
639

Net income

 
651

 

 
253

 

 
19

 
923

Distributions

 
(562
)
 

 
(218
)
 

 
(34
)
 
(814
)
Balance at September 30, 2018
348.6

 
$
1,759

 
135.4

 
$
(1,008
)
 
9.9

 
$
(3
)
 
$
748




The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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CHENIERE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in millions)
(unaudited)
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2018
 
2017
Cash flows from operating activities
 
 
 
Net income
$
923

 
$
116

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization expense
318

 
239

Amortization of debt issuance costs, deferred commitment fees, premium and discount
24

 
28

Loss on modification or extinguishment of debt
12

 
67

Total losses on derivatives, net
29

 
53

Net cash used for settlement of derivative instruments

 
(15
)
Impairment expense and loss on disposal of assets
8

 

Other
5

 
1

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
Accounts and other receivables
(33
)
 
(69
)
Accounts receivable—affiliate
140

 
82

Advances to affiliate
(79
)
 
(36
)
Inventory
6

 
28

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
(77
)
 
19

Due to affiliates
(5
)
 
(47
)
Deferred revenue
6

 
58

Other, net
(10
)
 
(9
)
Other, net—affiliate
(3
)
 
(2
)
Net cash provided by operating activities
1,264

 
513

 
 
 
 
Cash flows from investing activities
 

 
 

Property, plant and equipment, net
(578
)
 
(1,195
)
Net cash used in investing activities
(578
)
 
(1,195
)
 
 
 
 
Cash flows from financing activities
 

 
 

Proceeds from issuances of debt
1,100

 
3,814

Repayments of debt
(1,090
)
 
(2,173
)
Debt issuance and deferred financing costs
(8
)
 
(47
)
Debt extinguishment costs
(6
)
 

Distributions to owners
(814
)
 
(74
)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
(818
)
 
1,520

 
 
 
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
(132
)
 
838

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash—beginning of period
1,589

 
605

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash—end of period
$
1,457

 
$
1,443



Balances per Consolidated Balance Sheet:
 
September 30,
 
2018
Cash and cash equivalents
$

Restricted cash
1,457

Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
$
1,457




The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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CHENIERE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(unaudited)



 
NOTE 1—NATURE OF OPERATIONS AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION

Through SPL, we are developing, constructing and operating natural gas liquefaction facilities (the “Liquefaction Project”) at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, on the Sabine-Neches Waterway less than four miles from the Gulf Coast. We plan to construct up to six Trains, which are in various stages of development, construction and operations. Trains 1 through 4 are operational, Train 5 is undergoing commissioning and Train 6 is being commercialized and has all necessary regulatory approvals in place. The Sabine Pass LNG terminal has operational regasification facilities owned by SPLNG and a 94-mile pipeline that interconnects the Sabine Pass LNG terminal with a number of large interstate pipelines (the “Creole Trail Pipeline”) through CTPL.

Basis of Presentation

The accompanying unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements of Cheniere Partners have been prepared in accordance with GAAP for interim financial information and with Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by GAAP for complete financial statements and should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying notes included in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017. In our opinion, all adjustments, consisting only of normal recurring adjustments necessary for a fair presentation, have been included. Certain reclassifications have been made to conform prior period information to the current presentation.  The reclassifications did not have a material effect on our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

On January 1, 2018, we adopted ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), and subsequent amendments thereto (“ASC 606”) using the full retrospective method. The adoption of ASC 606 represents a change in accounting principle that will provide financial statement readers with enhanced disclosures regarding the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from contracts with customers. The adoption of ASC 606 did not impact our previously reported consolidated financial statements in any prior period nor did it result in a cumulative effect adjustment to retained earnings.

Results of operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations that will be realized for the year ending December 31, 2018.

We are not subject to either federal or state income tax, as our partners are taxed individually on their allocable share of our taxable income.

NOTE 2—UNITHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
The common units and subordinated units represent limited partner interests in us. The holders of the units are entitled to participate in partnership distributions and exercise the rights and privileges available to limited partners under our partnership agreement. Our partnership agreement requires that, within 45 days after the end of each quarter, we distribute all of our available cash (as defined in our partnership agreement). Generally, our available cash is our cash on hand at the end of a quarter less the amount of any reserves established by our general partner. All distributions paid to date have been made from operating surplus as defined in the partnership agreement.

The holders of common units have the right to receive initial quarterly distributions of $0.425 per common unit, plus any arrearages thereon, before any distribution is made to the holders of the subordinated units. The holders of subordinated units will receive distributions only to the extent we have available cash above the initial quarterly distribution requirement for our common unitholders and general partner and certain reserves.  Subordinated units will convert into common units on a one-for-one basis when we meet financial tests specified in the partnership agreement. Although common and subordinated unitholders are not obligated to fund losses of the Partnership, their capital accounts, which would be considered in allocating the net assets of the Partnership were it to be liquidated, continue to share in losses.

The general partner interest is entitled to at least 2% of all distributions made by us. In addition, the general partner holds incentive distribution rights (“IDRs”), which allow the general partner to receive a higher percentage of quarterly distributions of available cash from operating surplus after the initial quarterly distributions have been achieved and as additional target levels are

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CHENIERE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—CONTINUED
(unaudited)


met, but may transfer these rights separately from its general partner interest. The higher percentages range from 15% to 50%, inclusive of the general partner interest.
 
During the three months ended September 30, 2018, Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings, LLC (“Cheniere Holdings”), which holds limited partner interests in us, merged with a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere. As of September 30, 2018, Cheniere, Blackstone CQP Holdco and the public own a 48.6%, 40.3% and 9.1% interest in us, respectively. Cheniere’s ownership percentage includes its subordinated units and Blackstone CQP Holdco’s ownership percentage excludes any common units that may be deemed to be beneficially owned by Blackstone Group, an affiliate of Blackstone CQP Holdco.

NOTE 3—RESTRICTED CASH
 
Restricted cash consists of funds that are contractually restricted as to usage or withdrawal and have been presented separately from cash and cash equivalents on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. As of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, restricted cash consisted of the following (in millions):
 
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
 
2018
 
2017
Current restricted cash
 
 
 
 
Liquefaction Project
 
$
649

 
$
544

Cash held by us and our guarantor subsidiaries
 
808

 
1,045

Total current restricted cash
 
$
1,457

 
$
1,589


Pursuant to the accounts agreement entered into with the collateral trustee for the benefit of SPL’s debt holders, SPL is required to deposit all cash received into reserve accounts controlled by the collateral trustee.  The usage or withdrawal of such cash is restricted to the payment of liabilities related to the Liquefaction Project and other restricted payments.

Under our credit facilities (the “CQP Credit Facilities”), we and each of our subsidiaries other than SPL, as our guarantor subsidiaries, are subject to limitations on the use of cash under the terms of the CQP Credit Facilities and the related depositary agreement governing the extension of credit to us. Specifically, we may only withdraw funds from collateral accounts held at a designated depositary bank on a limited basis and for specific purposes, including for the payment of our operating expenses and the operating expenses of our guarantor subsidiaries. In addition, distributions and capital expenditures may only be made quarterly and are subject to certain restrictions.

NOTE 4—ACCOUNTS AND OTHER RECEIVABLES

As of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, accounts and other receivables consisted of the following (in millions):
 
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
 
2018
 
2017
SPL trade receivable
 
$
213

 
$
185

Other accounts receivable
 
11

 
6

Total accounts and other receivables
 
$
224

 
$
191


NOTE 5—INVENTORY

As of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, inventory consisted of the following (in millions):
 
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
 
2018
 
2017
Natural gas
 
$
9

 
$
17

LNG
 
21

 
26

Materials and other
 
58

 
52

Total inventory
 
$
88

 
$
95



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CHENIERE ENERGY PARTNERS, L.P. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—CONTINUED
(unaudited)


NOTE 6—PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
 
As of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, property, plant and equipment, net consisted of the following (in millions):
 
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
 
2018
 
2017
LNG terminal costs
 
 
 
 
LNG terminal and interconnecting pipeline facilities
 
$
12,706

 
$
12,703

LNG terminal construction-in-process
 
3,757

 
3,310

Accumulated depreciation
 
(1,187
)
 
(880
)
Total LNG terminal costs, net
 
15,276

 
15,133

Fixed assets
 
 

 
 

Fixed assets
 
26

 
23

Accumulated depreciation
 
(20
)
 
(17
)
Total fixed assets, net
 
6

 
6

Property, plant and equipment, net
 
$
15,282

 
$
15,139

 

Depreciation expense was $104 million and $85 million during the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively, and $310 million and $233 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

We realized offsets to LNG terminal costs of $79 million and $242 million in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, respectively, that were related to the sale of commissioning cargoes because these amounts were earned or loaded prior to the start of commercial operations of the respective Train of the Liquefaction Project, during the testing phase for its construction. We did not realize any offsets to LNG terminal costs in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.

NOTE 7—DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS

We have entered into the following derivative instruments that are reported at fair value:
interest rate swaps to hedge the exposure to volatility in a portion of the floating-rate interest payments under certain credit facilities (“Interest Rate Derivatives”) and
commodity derivatives consisting of natural gas supply contracts for the commissioning and operation of the Liquefaction Project (“Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives”) and associated economic hedges (collectively, the “Liquefaction Supply Derivatives”).
We recognize our derivative instruments as either assets or liabilities and measure those instruments at fair value. None of our derivative instruments are designated as cash flow hedging instruments, and changes in fair value are recorded within our Consolidated Statements of Income to the extent not utilized for the commissioning process.

The following table shows the fair value of our derivative instruments that are required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, which are classified as other current assets, non-current derivative assets, derivative liabilities or non-current derivative liabilities in our Consolidated Balance Sheets (in millions).
 
Fair Value Measurements as of
 
September 30, 2018
 
December 31, 2017
 
Quoted Prices in Active Markets
(Level 1)
 
Significant Other Observable Inputs
(Level 2)
 
Significant Unobservable Inputs
(Level 3)
 
Total
 
Quoted Prices in Active Markets
(Level 1)
 
Significant Other Observable Inputs
(Level 2)
 
Significant Unobservable Inputs
(Level 3)
 
Total
CQP Interest Rate Derivatives asset
$

 
$
28

 
$

 
$
28

 
$

 
$
21

 
$

 
$
21

Liquefaction Supply Derivatives asset (liability)
(1
)
 
1

 
19

 
19

 
2

 
10

 
43

 
55


There have been no changes to our evaluation of and accounting for our derivative positions during the nine months ended September 30, 2018. See Note 8—Derivative Instruments of our Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 for additional information.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—CONTINUED
(unaudited)



We value our Interest Rate Derivatives using an income-based approach, utilizing observable inputs to the valuation model including interest rate curves, risk adjusted discount rates, credit spreads and other relevant data. We value our Liquefaction Supply Derivatives using a market based approach incorporating present value techniques, as needed, using observable commodity price curves, when available, and other relevant data.

The fair value of our Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives is predominantly driven by market commodity basis prices and our assessment of the associated conditions precedent, including evaluating whether the respective market is available as pipeline infrastructure is developed. Upon the satisfaction of conditions precedent, including completion and placement into service of relevant pipeline infrastructure to accommodate marketable physical gas flow, we recognize a gain or loss based on the fair value of the respective natural gas supply contracts.

We include a portion of our Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives as Level 3 within the valuation hierarchy as the fair value is developed through the use of internal models which may be impacted by inputs that are unobservable in the marketplace. The curves used to generate the fair value of our Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives are based on basis adjustments applied to forward curves for a liquid trading point. In addition, there may be observable liquid market basis information in the near term, but terms of a Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives contract may exceed the period for which such information is available, resulting in a Level 3 classification. In these instances, the fair value of the contract incorporates extrapolation assumptions made in the determination of the market basis price for future delivery periods in which applicable commodity basis prices were either not observable or lacked corroborative market data.

The Level 3 fair value measurements of our Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives could be materially impacted by a significant change in certain natural gas market basis spreads due to the contractual notional amount represented by our Level 3 positions, which is a substantial portion of our overall Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives portfolio. The following table includes quantitative information for the unobservable inputs for our Level 3 Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives as of September 30, 2018:
 
 
Net Fair Value Asset
(in millions)
 
Valuation Approach
 
Significant Unobservable Input
 
Significant Unobservable Inputs Range
Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives
 
$19
 
Market approach incorporating present value techniques
 
Basis Spread
 
$(0.448) - $0.079

The following table shows the changes in the fair value of our Level 3 Physical Liquefaction Supply Derivatives during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 (in millions):
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
Balance, beginning of period
 
$
11

 
$
40

 
$
43

 
$
79

Realized and mark-to-market gains (losses):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Included in cost of sales
 
4

 
(8
)
 
(5
)
 
(43
)
Purchases and settlements:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Purchases
 
4

 
(1
)
 
8

 
1

Settlements
 
1

 
(2
)
 
(27
)
 
(8
)
Transfers out of Level 3 (1)
 
(1
)
 

 

 

Balance, end of period
 
$
19

 
$
29

 
$
19

 
$
29

Change in unrealized gains relating to instruments still held at end of period
 
$
4

 
$
(8
)
 
$
(5
)
 
$
(43
)
 
    
(1)    Transferred to Level 2 as a result of observable market for the underlying natural gas purchase agreements.

Derivative assets and liabilities arising from our derivative contracts with the same counterparty are reported on a net basis, as all counterparty derivative contracts provide for net settlement. The use of derivative instruments exposes us to counterparty credit risk, or the risk that a counterparty will be unable to meet its commitments in instances when our derivative instruments are in an asset position.  Additionally, we evaluate our own ability to meet our commitments in instances where our derivative instruments are in a liability position. Our derivative instruments are subject to contractual provisions which provide for the unconditional right of set-off for all derivative assets and liabilities with a given counterparty in the event of default.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—CONTINUED
(unaudited)



Interest Rate Derivatives

We had entered into interest rate swaps (“CQP Interest Rate Derivatives”) to hedge a portion of the variable interest payments on the CQP Credit Facilities, based on a portion of the expected outstanding borrowings over the term of the CQP Credit Facilities. In September 2018, we terminated approximately $1.2 billion of commitments under the CQP Credit Facilities, as discussed in Note 10—Debt. In October 2018, we terminated the CQP Interest Rate Derivatives related to the CQP Credit Facilities, which resulted in a derivative gain of $28 million.

SPL had entered into interest rate swaps (“SPL Interest Rate Derivatives”) to protect against volatility of future cash flows and hedge a portion of the variable interest payments on the credit facilities it entered into in June 2015 (the “SPL Credit Facilities”), based on a portion of the expected outstanding borrowings over the term of the SPL Credit Facilities. In March 2017, SPL settled the SPL Interest Rate Derivatives and recognized a derivative loss of $7 million in conjunction with the termination of approximately $1.6 billion of commitments under the SPL Credit Facilities.

As of September 30, 2018, we had the following Interest Rate Derivatives outstanding:
 
 
Initial Notional Amount
 
Maximum Notional Amount
 
Effective Date
 
Maturity Date
 
Weighted Average Fixed Interest Rate Paid
 
Variable Interest Rate Received
CQP Interest Rate Derivatives
 
$225 million
 
$1.3 billion
 
March 22, 2016
 
February 29, 2020
 
1.19%
 
One-month LIBOR

The following table shows the fair value and location of the CQP Interest Rate Derivatives on our Consolidated Balance Sheets (in millions):
 
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
Consolidated Balance Sheet Location
 
2018
 
2017
Other current assets
 
$
19

 
$
7

Non-current derivative assets
 
9

 
14

Total derivative assets
 
$
28

 
$
21


The following table shows the changes in the fair value and settlements of our Interest Rate Derivatives recorded in derivative gain (loss), net on our Consolidated Statements of Income during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 (in millions):
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
CQP Interest Rate Derivatives gain
 
$
2

 
$
1

 
$
13

 
$

SPL Interest Rate Derivatives loss
 

 

 

 
(2
)

Liquefaction Supply Derivatives

SPL has entered into index-based physical natural gas supply contracts and associated economic hedges to purchase natural gas for the commissioning and operation of the Liquefaction Project. The terms of the physical natural gas supply contracts range up to six years, some of which commence upon the satisfaction of certain conditions precedent.

SPL had secured up to approximately 2,755 TBtu and 2,214 TBtu of natural gas feedstock through natural gas supply contracts as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively. The notional natural gas position of our Liquefaction Supply Derivatives was approximately 2,206 TBtu and 1,520 TBtu as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—CONTINUED
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The following table shows the fair value and location of our Liquefaction Supply Derivatives on our Consolidated Balance Sheets (in millions):
 
 
Fair Value Measurements as of (1)
Consolidated Balance Sheet Location
 
September 30, 2018
 
December 31, 2017
Other current assets
 
$
11

 
$
41

Non-current derivative assets
 
16

 
17

Total derivative assets
 
27

 
58

 
 
 
 
 
Derivative liabilities
 
(6
)
 

Non-current derivative liabilities
 
(2
)
 
(3
)
Total derivative liabilities
 
(8
)
 
(3
)
 
 
 
 
 
Derivative asset, net
 
$
19

 
$
55

 
(1)
Does not include collateral calls of $2 million and $1 million as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively, for such contracts, which are included in other current assets in our Consolidated Balance Sheets.

The following table shows the changes in the fair value and settlements of our Liquefaction Supply Derivatives recorded in cost of sales on our Consolidated Statements of Income during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 (in millions):
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
Liquefaction Supply Derivatives gain (loss) (1)
$
10

 
$
(11
)
 
$
(42
)
 
$
(51
)
 
(1)
Does not include the realized value associated with derivative instruments that settle through physical delivery. Fair value fluctuations associated with commodity derivative activities are classified and presented consistently with the item economically hedged and the nature and intent of the derivative instrument.

Consolidated Balance Sheet Presentation

Our derivative instruments are presented on a net basis on our Consolidated Balance Sheets as described above. The following table shows the fair value of our derivatives outstanding on a gross and net basis (in millions):
 
 
Gross Amounts Recognized
 
Gross Amounts Offset in the Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
Net Amounts Presented in the Consolidated Balance Sheets
Offsetting Derivative Assets (Liabilities)
 
 
 
As of September 30, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
CQP Interest Rate Derivatives
 
$
28

 
$

 
$
28

Liquefaction Supply Derivatives
 
31

 
(4
)
 
27

Liquefaction Supply Derivatives
 
(13
)
 
5

 
(8
)
As of December 31, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
CQP Interest Rate Derivatives
 
$
21

 
$

 
$
21

Liquefaction Supply Derivatives
 
64

 
(6
)
 
58

Liquefaction Supply Derivatives
 
(3
)
 

 
(3
)


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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—CONTINUED
(unaudited)


NOTE 8—OTHER NON-CURRENT ASSETS

As of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, other non-current assets, net consisted of the following (in millions):
 
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
 
2018
 
2017
Advances made under EPC and non-EPC contracts
 
$
15

 
$
26

Advances made to municipalities for water system enhancements
 
90

 
93

Advances and other asset conveyances to third parties to support LNG terminals
 
29

 
30

Tax-related payments and receivables
 
17

 
25

Information technology service assets
 
20

 
24

Other
 
8

 
8

Total other non-current assets, net
 
$
179

 
$
206


NOTE 9—ACCRUED LIABILITIES
 
As of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, accrued liabilities consisted of the following (in millions):
 
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
 
2018
 
2017
Interest costs and related debt fees
 
$
186

 
$
253

Accrued natural gas purchases
 
249

 
298

LNG terminal and related pipeline costs
 
59

 
86

Other accrued liabilities
 
9

 

Total accrued liabilities
 
$
503

 
$
637


NOTE 10—DEBT
 
As of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, our debt consisted of the following (in millions):
 
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
 
2018
 
2017
Long-term debt:
 
 
 
 
SPL
 
 
 
 
5.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2021 (“2021 SPL Senior Notes”)
 
$
2,000

 
$
2,000

6.25% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 (“2022 SPL Senior Notes”)
 
1,000

 
1,000

5.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2023 (“2023 SPL Senior Notes”)
 
1,500

 
1,500

5.75% Senior Secured Notes due 2024 (“2024 SPL Senior Notes”)
 
2,000

 
2,000

5.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2025 (“2025 SPL Senior Notes”)
 
2,000

 
2,000

5.875% Senior Secured Notes due 2026 (“2026 SPL Senior Notes”)
 
1,500

 
1,500

5.00% Senior Secured Notes due 2027 (“2027 SPL Senior Notes”)
 
1,500

 
1,500

4.200% Senior Secured Notes due 2028 (“2028 SPL Senior Notes”)
 
1,350

 
1,350

5.00% Senior Secured Notes due 2037 (“2037 SPL Senior Notes”)
 
800

 
800

Cheniere Partners
 
 
 
 
5.250% Senior Notes due 2025 (“2025 CQP Senior Notes”)
 
1,500

 
1,500

5.625% Senior Notes due 2026 (“2026 CQP Senior Notes”)
 
1,100

 

CQP Credit Facilities
 

 
1,090

Unamortized premium, discount and debt issuance costs, net
 
(191
)
 
(194
)
Total long-term debt, net
 
16,059

 
16,046

 
 
 
 
 
Current debt:
 
 
 
 
$1.2 billion SPL Working Capital Facility (“SPL Working Capital Facility”)
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Total debt, net
 
$
16,059

 
$
16,046



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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—CONTINUED
(unaudited)


2018 Debt Issuances and Redemptions

2026 CQP Senior Notes

In September 2018, we issued an aggregate principal amount of $1.1 billion of the 2026 CQP Senior Notes, which are jointly and severally guaranteed by each of our subsidiaries other than SPL (the “Guarantors”) and, subject to certain conditions governing its guarantee, Sabine Pass LP. Net proceeds of the offering of approximately $1.1 billion, after deducting the initial purchasers’ commissions and estimated fees and expenses, were used to prepay all of the outstanding indebtedness under the CQP Credit Facilities, resulting in the recognition of debt modification and extinguishment costs of $12 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 relating to the incurrence of third party fees and write off of unamortized debt issuance costs. As of September 30, 2018, only a $115 million revolving credit facility, all of which is undrawn, remains as part of the CQP Credit Facilities.

Borrowings under the 2026 CQP Senior Notes accrue interest at a fixed rate of 5.625%, and interest on the 2026 CQP Senior Notes is payable semi-annually in arrears. The 2026 CQP Senior Notes are governed by the same base indenture as the 2025 CQP Senior Notes (the “CQP Base Indenture”), and are further governed by the Second Supplemental Indenture (together with the CQP Base Indenture, the “2026 CQP Notes Indenture”), which contains customary terms and events of default and certain covenants that, among other things, limit our ability and the ability of the Guarantors to incur liens and sell assets, enter into transactions with affiliates, enter into sale-leaseback transactions and consolidate, merge or sell, lease or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of the applicable entity’s properties or assets.

At any time prior to October 1, 2021, we may redeem all or a part of the 2026 CQP Senior Notes at a redemption price equal to 100% of the aggregate principal amount of the 2026 CQP Senior Notes redeemed, plus the “applicable premium” set forth in the 2026 CQP Notes Indenture, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption. In addition, at any time prior to October 1, 2021, we may redeem up to 35% of the aggregate principal amount of the 2026 CQP Senior Notes with an amount of cash not greater than the net cash proceeds from certain equity offerings at a redemption price equal to 105.625% of the aggregate principal amount of the 2026 CQP Senior Notes redeemed, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption. At any time on or after October 1, 2021 through the maturity date of October 1, 2026, we may redeem the 2026 CQP Senior Notes, in whole or in part, at the redemption prices set forth in the 2026 CQP Notes Indenture.

The 2026 CQP Senior Notes are our senior obligations, ranking equally in right of payment with our other existing and future unsubordinated debt and senior to any of our future subordinated debt. After applying the proceeds from the 2026 CQP Senior Notes, the 2026 CQP Senior Notes and the 2025 CQP Senior Notes (collectively, the “CQP Senior Notes”) became unsecured. In the event that the aggregate amount of our secured indebtedness and the secured indebtedness of the Guarantors (other than the CQP Senior Notes or any other series of notes issued under the CQP Base Indenture) outstanding at any one time exceeds the greater of (1) $1.5 billion and (2) 10% of net tangible assets, the CQP Senior Notes will be secured to the same extent as such obligations under the CQP Credit Facilities. The obligations under the CQP Credit Facilities are secured on a first-priority basis (subject to permitted encumbrances) with liens on (1) substantially all the existing and future tangible and intangible assets and our rights and the rights of the Guarantors and equity interests in the Guarantors (except, in each case, for certain excluded properties set forth in the CQP Credit Facilities) and (2) substantially all of the real property of SPLNG (except for excluded properties referenced in the CQP Credit Facilities).

In connection with the closing of the 2026 CQP Senior Notes offering, we and the Guarantors entered into a registration rights agreement (the “CQP Registration Rights Agreement”). Under the CQP Registration Rights Agreement, we and the Guarantors have agreed to file with the SEC and cause to become effective a registration statement relating to an offer to exchange any and all of the 2026 CQP Senior Notes for a like aggregate principal amount of our debt securities with terms identical in all material respects to the 2026 CQP Senior Notes sought to be exchanged (other than with respect to restrictions on transfer or to any increase in annual interest rate), within 360 days after the notes issuance date of September 11, 2018. Under specified circumstances, we and the Guarantors have also agreed to cause to become effective a shelf registration statement relating to resales of the 2026 CQP Senior Notes. We will be obligated to pay additional interest on the 2026 CQP Senior Notes if we fail to comply with our obligation to register the 2026 CQP Senior Notes within the specified time period.


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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—CONTINUED
(unaudited)


Credit Facilities

Below is a summary of our credit facilities outstanding as of September 30, 2018 (in millions):
 
 
SPL Working Capital Facility
 
CQP Credit Facilities
Original facility size
 
$
1,200

 
$
2,800

Less:
 
 
 
 
Outstanding balance
 

 

Commitments prepaid or terminated
 

 
2,685

Letters of credit issued
 
494

 

Available commitment
 
$
706


$
115

 
 
 
 
 
Interest rate
 
LIBOR plus 1.75% or base rate plus 0.75%
 
LIBOR plus 2.25% or base rate plus 1.25% (1)
Maturity date
 
December 31, 2020, with various terms for underlying loans
 
February 25, 2020
 
(1)
There is a 0.50% step-up for both LIBOR and base rate loans beginning on February 25, 2019.

Restrictive Debt Covenants

As of September 30, 2018, we and SPL were in compliance with all covenants related to our respective debt agreements.

Interest Expense

Total interest expense consisted of the following (in millions):
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
Total interest cost
 
$
235

 
$
227

 
$
701

 
$
662

Capitalized interest
 
(52
)
 
(74
)
 
(149
)
 
(225
)
Total interest expense, net
 
$
183

 
$
153

 
$
552

 
$
437


Fair Value Disclosures

The following table shows the carrying amount, which is net of unamortized premium, discount and debt issuance costs, and estimated fair value of our debt (in millions):
 
 
September 30, 2018
 
December 31, 2017
 
 
Carrying
Amount
 
Estimated
Fair Value
 
Carrying
Amount
 
Estimated
Fair Value
Senior notes (1)
 
$
15,268

 
$
16,098

 
$
14,166

 
$
15,485

2037 SPL Senior Notes (2)
 
791

 
831

 
790

 
871

Credit facilities (3)
 

 

 
1,090

 
1,090

 
(1)
Includes 2021 SPL Senior Notes, 2022 SPL Senior Notes, 2023 SPL Senior Notes, 2024 SPL Senior Notes, 2025 SPL Senior Notes, 2026 SPL Senior Notes, 2027 SPL Senior Notes, 2028 SPL Senior Notes, 2025 CQP Senior Notes and 2026 CQP Senior Notes. The Level 2 estimated fair value was based on quotes obtained from broker-dealers or market makers of these senior notes and other similar instruments.
(2)
The Level 3 estimated fair value was calculated based on inputs that are observable in the market or that could be derived from, or corroborated with, observable market data, including our stock price and interest rates based on debt issued by parties with comparable credit ratings to us and inputs that are not observable in the market. 
(3)
Includes SPL Working Capital Facility and CQP Credit Facilities. The Level 3 estimated fair value approximates the principal amount because the interest rates are variable and reflective of market rates and the debt may be repaid, in full or in part, at any time without penalty. 


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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—CONTINUED
(unaudited)


NOTE 11—REVENUES FROM CONTRACTS WITH CUSTOMERS

The following table represents a disaggregation of revenue earned from contracts with customers during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 (in millions):
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
LNG revenues
 
$
1,185

 
$
717

 
$
3,302

 
$
1,695

LNG revenues—affiliate
 
205

 
111

 
886

 
864

Regasification revenues
 
66

 
65

 
196

 
195

Other revenues
 
9

 
3

 
28

 
7

Other revenues—affiliate
 

 
1

 

 
2

Total revenues from customers
 
1,465


897

 
4,412

 
2,763

Gains from derivative instruments (1)
 
64

 
6

 
117

 
23

Total revenues
 
$
1,529


$
903

 
$
4,529

 
$
2,786

 
(1)
Includes the realized value associated with a portion of derivative instruments that settle through physical delivery.

LNG Revenues

We have entered into numerous SPAs with third party customers for the sale of LNG on a free on board (“FOB”) (delivered to the customer at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal) basis. Our customers generally purchase LNG for a price consisting of a fixed fee per MMBtu of LNG (a portion of which is subject to annual adjustment for inflation) plus a variable fee per MMBtu of LNG equal to approximately 115% of Henry Hub. The fixed fee component is the amount payable to us regardless of a cancellation or suspension of LNG cargo deliveries by the customers. The variable fee component is the amount generally payable to us only upon delivery of LNG plus all future adjustments to the fixed fee for inflation. The SPAs and contracted volumes to be made available under the SPAs are not tied to a specific Train; however, the term of each SPA generally commences upon the date of first commercial delivery of a specified Train.

Revenues from the sale of LNG are recognized at a point in time when the LNG is delivered to the customer, at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal, which is the point legal title, physical possession and the risks and rewards of ownership transfer to the customer. Each individual molecule of LNG is viewed as a separate performance obligation. The stated contract price (including both fixed and variable fees) per MMBtu in each LNG sales arrangement is representative of the stand-alone selling price for LNG at the time the sale was negotiated. We have concluded that the variable fees meet the exception for allocating variable consideration to specific parts of the contract. As such, the variable consideration for these contracts is allocated to each distinct molecule of LNG and recognized when that distinct molecule of LNG is delivered to the customer. Because of the use of the exception, variable consideration related to the sale of LNG is also not included in the transaction price.

Fees received pursuant to SPAs are recognized as LNG revenues only after substantial completion of the respective Train. Prior to substantial completion, sales generated during the commissioning phase are offset against the cost of construction for the respective Train, as the production and removal of LNG from storage is necessary to test the facility and bring the asset to the condition necessary for its intended use.

Regasification Revenues

The Sabine Pass LNG terminal has operational regasification capacity of approximately 4.0 Bcf/d. Approximately 2.0 Bcf/d of the regasification capacity at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal has been reserved under two long-term TUAs with unaffiliated third-party customers, under which they are required to pay fixed monthly fees regardless of their use of the LNG terminal. Each of the customers has reserved approximately 1.0 Bcf/d of regasification capacity. The customers are each obligated to make monthly capacity payments to SPLNG aggregating approximately $125 million annually for 20 years that commenced in 2009, which is representative of fixed consideration in the contract. A portion of this fee is adjusted annually for inflation which is considered variable consideration. The remaining capacity of the Sabine Pass LNG terminal has been reserved by SPL, for which the associated revenues are eliminated in consolidation.


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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—CONTINUED
(unaudited)


Because SPLNG is continuously available to provide regasification service on a daily basis with the same pattern of transfer, we have concluded that SPLNG provides a single performance obligation to its customers on a continuous basis over time. We have determined that an output method of recognition based on elapsed time best reflects the benefits of this service to the customer and accordingly, LNG regasification capacity reservation fees are recognized as regasification revenues on a straight-line basis over the term of the respective TUAs. We have concluded that the inflation element within the contract meets the exception for allocating variable consideration to specific parts of the contract and accordingly the inflation adjustment is not included in the transaction price and will be recognized over the year in which the inflation adjustment relates on a straight-line basis.

In 2012, SPL entered into a partial TUA assignment agreement with Total Gas & Power North America, Inc. (“Total”), whereby SPL would progressively gain access to Total’s capacity and other services provided under its TUA with SPLNG. This agreement provides SPL with additional berthing and storage capacity at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal that may be used to provide increased flexibility in managing LNG cargo loading and unloading activity, permit SPL to more flexibly manage its LNG storage capacity and accommodate the development of Trains 5 and 6.

Upon substantial completion of Train 3 of the Liquefaction Project, SPL gained access to a portion of Total’s capacity and other services provided under Total’s TUA with SPLNG. Upon substantial completion of Train 5, SPL will gain access to substantially all of Total’s capacity. Notwithstanding any arrangements between Total and SPL, payments required to be made by Total to SPLNG will continue to be made by Total to SPLNG in accordance with its TUA and we continue to recognize the payments received from Total as revenue. During each of the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, SPL recorded $7.5 million and during the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, SPL recorded $23 million and $15 million, respectively, as operating and maintenance expense under this partial TUA assignment agreement.

Deferred Revenue Reconciliation

The following table reflects the changes in our contract liabilities, which we classify as deferred revenues on our Consolidated Balance Sheets (in millions):
 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018
Deferred revenues, beginning of period
 
$
111

Cash received but not yet recognized
 
119

Revenue recognized from prior period deferral
 
(111
)
Deferred revenues, end of period
 
$
119


We record deferred revenue when we receive consideration, or such consideration is unconditionally due from a customer, prior to transferring goods or services to the customer under the terms of a sales contract. Changes in deferred revenue during the nine months ended September 30, 2018 are primarily attributable to differences between the timing of revenue recognition and the receipt of advance payments related to delivery of LNG under certain SPAs.

Transaction Price Allocated to Future Performance Obligations

Because many of our sales contracts have long-term durations, we are contractually entitled to significant future consideration which we have not yet recognized as revenue. The following table discloses the aggregate amount of the transaction price that is allocated to performance obligations that have not yet been satisfied as of September 30, 2018:
 
 
Unsatisfied
Transaction Price
(in billions)
 
Weighted Average Recognition Timing (years) (1)
LNG revenues
 
$
54.2

 
10.2
Regasification revenues
 
2.7

 
5.8
Total revenues
 
$
56.9

 
 
 
    
(1)
The weighted average recognition timing represents an estimate of the number of years during which we shall have recognized half of the unsatisfied transaction price.


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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—CONTINUED
(unaudited)


We have elected the following exemptions which omit certain potential future sources of revenue from the table above:
(1)
We omit from the table above all performance obligations that are part of a contract that has an original expected duration of one year or less.
(2)
We omit from the table above all variable consideration that is allocated entirely to a wholly unsatisfied performance obligation or to a wholly unsatisfied promise to transfer a distinct good or service that forms part of a single performance obligation when that performance obligation qualifies as a series. The table above excludes all variable consideration under our SPAs and TUAs. The amount of revenue from variable fees that is not included in the transaction price will vary based on the future prices of Henry Hub throughout the contract terms, to the extent customers elect to take delivery of their LNG, and adjustments to the consumer price index. During each of the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, approximately 55% of our LNG revenues, 100% of our LNG revenues—affiliate and approximately 3% of our regasification revenues were related to variable consideration received from customers.

We have entered into contracts to sell LNG that are conditioned upon one or both of the parties achieving certain milestones such as reaching a final investment decision on a certain liquefaction Train, obtaining financing or achieving substantial completion of a Train and any related facilities. These contracts are considered completed contracts for revenue recognition purposes and are included in the transaction price above when the conditions are considered probable of being met.

We have elected the practical expedient to omit the disclosure of the transaction price allocated to future performance obligations and an explanation of when the entity expects to recognize the amount as revenue as of December 31, 2017.

NOTE 12—RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
 
Below is a summary of our related party transactions as reported on our Consolidated Statements of Income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 (in millions):
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
LNG revenues—affiliate
Cheniere Marketing SPA and Cheniere Marketing Master SPA
$
205

 
$
111

 
$
886

 
$
864

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other revenues—affiliate
Terminal Marine Services Agreement

 
1

 

 
2

 
Operating and maintenance expense—affiliate
Services Agreements
31

 
25

 
87

 
64

Other agreements

 
6

 

 
6

Total operating and maintenance expense—affiliate
31


31


87


70

 
General and administrative expense—affiliate
Services Agreements
18

 
18

 
53

 
63


LNG Terminal Capacity Agreements

Terminal Use Agreements

SPL obtained approximately 2.0 Bcf/d of regasification capacity and other liquefaction support services under a TUA with SPLNG as a result of an assignment in July 2012 by Cheniere Investments of its rights, title and interest under its TUA with SPLNG. SPL is obligated to make monthly capacity payments to SPLNG aggregating approximately $250 million per year (the “TUA Fees”), continuing until at least May 2036.

In connection with this TUA, SPL is required to pay for a portion of the cost (primarily LNG inventory) to maintain the cryogenic readiness of the regasification facilities at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal, which is recorded as operating and maintenance expense on our Consolidated Statements of Income.


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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—CONTINUED
(unaudited)


Cheniere Investments, SPL and SPLNG entered into the terminal use rights assignment and agreement (the “TURA”) pursuant to which Cheniere Investments had the right to use SPL’s reserved capacity under the TUA and had the obligation to pay the TUA Fees required by the TUA to SPLNG. However, the revenue earned by SPLNG from the TUA Fees and the loss incurred by Cheniere Investments under the TURA are eliminated upon consolidation of our Consolidated Financial Statements. We have guaranteed the obligations of SPL under its TUA and the obligations of Cheniere Investments under the TURA.

In an effort to utilize Cheniere Investments’ reserved capacity under the TURA during construction of the Liquefaction Project, Cheniere Marketing has entered into an amended and restated variable capacity rights agreement with Cheniere Investments (the “Amended and Restated VCRA”) pursuant to which Cheniere Marketing is obligated to pay Cheniere Investments 80% of the expected gross margin of each cargo of LNG that Cheniere Marketing arranges for delivery to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. Cheniere Investments recorded no revenues—affiliate from Cheniere Marketing during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 related to the Amended and Restated VCRA.

Cheniere Marketing SPA

Cheniere Marketing has an SPA with SPL to purchase, at Cheniere Marketing’s option, any LNG produced by SPL in excess of that required for other customers at a price of 115% of Henry Hub plus $3.00 per MMBtu of LNG.

Cheniere Marketing Master SPA

SPL has an agreement with Cheniere Marketing that allows the parties to sell and purchase LNG with each other by executing and delivering confirmations under this agreement. SPL executed a confirmation with Cheniere Marketing that obligates Cheniere Marketing in certain circumstances to buy LNG cargoes produced during the period while Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. has control of, and is commissioning, Train 5 of the Liquefaction Project.

Services Agreements
As of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, we had $189 million and $36 million of advances to affiliates, respectively, under the services agreements described below. The non-reimbursement amounts incurred under these agreements are recorded in general and administrative expense—affiliate.

Cheniere Partners Services Agreement

We have a services agreement with Cheniere Terminals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere, pursuant to which Cheniere Terminals is entitled to a quarterly non-accountable overhead reimbursement charge of $3 million (adjusted for inflation) for the provision of various general and administrative services for our benefit. In addition, Cheniere Terminals is entitled to reimbursement for all audit, tax, legal and finance fees incurred by Cheniere Terminals that are necessary to perform the services under the agreement.

Cheniere Investments Information Technology Services Agreement

Cheniere Investments has an information technology services agreement with Cheniere, pursuant to which Cheniere Investments’ subsidiaries receive certain information technology services. On a quarterly basis, the various entities receiving the benefit are invoiced by Cheniere Investments according to the cost allocation percentages set forth in the agreement. In addition, Cheniere is entitled to reimbursement for all costs incurred by Cheniere that are necessary to perform the services under the agreement.

SPLNG O&M Agreement

SPLNG has a long-term operation and maintenance agreement (the “SPLNG O&M Agreement”) with Cheniere Investments pursuant to which SPLNG receives all necessary services required to operate and maintain the Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal. SPLNG pays a fixed monthly fee of $130,000 (indexed for inflation) under the SPLNG O&M Agreement and the cost of a bonus equal to 50% of the salary component of labor costs in certain circumstances to be agreed upon between SPLNG and Cheniere Investments at the beginning of each operating year. In addition, SPLNG is required to reimburse Cheniere Investments for its operating expenses, which consist primarily of labor expenses. Cheniere Investments provides the services required under the

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SPLNG O&M Agreement pursuant to a secondment agreement with a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere. All payments received by Cheniere Investments under the SPLNG O&M Agreement are required to be remitted to such subsidiary.
 
SPLNG MSA

SPLNG has a long-term management services agreement (the “SPLNG MSA”) with Cheniere Terminals, pursuant to which Cheniere Terminals manages the operation of the Sabine Pass LNG receiving terminal, excluding those matters provided for under the SPLNG O&M Agreement. SPLNG pays a monthly fixed fee of $520,000 (indexed for inflation) under the SPLNG MSA.

SPL O&M Agreement

SPL has an operation and maintenance agreement (the “SPL O&M Agreement”) with Cheniere Investments pursuant to which SPL receives all of the necessary services required to construct, operate and maintain the Liquefaction Project. Before each Train of the Liquefaction Project is operational, the services to be provided include, among other services, obtaining governmental approvals on behalf of SPL, preparing an operating plan for certain periods, obtaining insurance, preparing staffing plans and preparing status reports. After each Train is operational, the services include all necessary services required to operate and maintain the Train. Prior to the substantial completion of each Train of the Liquefaction Project, in addition to reimbursement of operating expenses, SPL is required to pay a monthly fee equal to 0.6% of the capital expenditures incurred in the previous month. After substantial completion of each Train, for services performed while the Train is operational, SPL will pay, in addition to the reimbursement of operating expenses, a fixed monthly fee of $83,333 (indexed for inflation) for services with respect to the Train. Cheniere Investments provides the services required under the SPL O&M Agreement pursuant to a secondment agreement with a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere. All payments received by Cheniere Investments under the SPL O&M Agreement are required to be remitted to such subsidiary.
SPL MSA

SPL has a management services agreement (the “SPL MSA”) with Cheniere Terminals pursuant to which Cheniere Terminals manages the construction and operation of the Liquefaction Project, excluding those matters provided for under the SPL O&M Agreement. The services include, among other services, exercising the day-to-day management of SPL’s affairs and business, managing SPL’s regulatory matters, managing bank and brokerage accounts and financial books and records of SPL’s business and operations, entering into financial derivatives on SPL’s behalf and providing contract administration services for all contracts associated with the Liquefaction Project. Prior to the substantial completion of each Train of the Liquefaction Project, SPL pays a monthly fee equal to 2.4% of the capital expenditures incurred in the previous month. After substantial completion of each Train, SPL will pay a fixed monthly fee of $541,667 (indexed for inflation) for services with respect to such Train.

CTPL O&M Agreement

CTPL has an amended long-term operation and maintenance agreement (the “CTPL O&M Agreement”) with Cheniere Investments pursuant to which CTPL receives all necessary services required to operate and maintain the Creole Trail Pipeline. CTPL is required to reimburse Cheniere Investments for its operating expenses, which consist primarily of labor expenses. Cheniere Investments provides the services required under the CTPL O&M Agreement pursuant to a secondment agreement with a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere. All payments received by Cheniere Investments under the CTPL O&M Agreement are required to be remitted to such subsidiary.
 
Agreement to Fund SPLNG’s Cooperative Endeavor Agreements
 
SPLNG has executed Cooperative Endeavor Agreements (“CEAs”) with various Cameron Parish, Louisiana taxing authorities that allowed them to collect certain annual property tax payments from SPLNG from 2007 through 2016. This ten-year initiative represented an aggregate commitment of $25 million in order to aid in their reconstruction efforts following Hurricane Rita. In exchange for SPLNG’s advance payments of annual ad valorem taxes, Cameron Parish will grant SPLNG a dollar-for-dollar credit against future ad valorem taxes to be levied against the Sabine Pass LNG terminal starting in 2019. Beginning in September 2007, SPLNG entered into various agreements with Cheniere Marketing, pursuant to which Cheniere Marketing would pay SPLNG additional TUA revenues equal to any and all amounts payable by SPLNG to the Cameron Parish taxing authorities under the CEAs. In exchange for such amounts received as TUA revenues from Cheniere Marketing, SPLNG will make payments

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to Cheniere Marketing equal to ad valorem tax levied on our LNG terminal in the year the Cameron Parish dollar-for-dollar credit is applied.

On a consolidated basis, these advance tax payments were recorded to other non-current assets, and payments from Cheniere Marketing that SPLNG utilized to make the ad valorem tax payments were recorded as a long-term obligation. As of September 30, 2018, we had $2 million in due to affiliates and $23 million of other non-current liabilities—affiliate resulting from these payments received from Cheniere Marketing. As of December 31, 2017, we had $25 million of other non-current liabilities—affiliate resulting from these payments received from Cheniere Marketing.

Contracts for Sale and Purchase of Natural Gas and LNG
 
SPLNG is able to sell and purchase natural gas and LNG under agreements with Cheniere Marketing. Under these agreements, SPLNG purchases natural gas or LNG from Cheniere Marketing at a sales price equal to the actual purchase price paid by Cheniere Marketing to suppliers of the natural gas or LNG, plus any third-party costs incurred by Cheniere Marketing with respect to the receipt, purchase and delivery of natural gas or LNG to the Sabine Pass LNG terminal.

Terminal Marine Services Agreement

In connection with its tug boat lease, Tug Services entered into an agreement with a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere to provide its LNG cargo vessels with tug boat and marine services at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal. The agreement also provides that Tug Services shall contingently pay the wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere a portion of its future revenues. Accordingly, Tug Services distributed $4 million to the wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere during the nine months ended September 30, 2018, which is reported as part of the distributions to our general partner interest holders on the Consolidated Statement of Partners’ Equity. No amounts were distributed during the nine months ended September 30, 2017.

LNG Terminal Export Agreement

SPLNG and Cheniere Marketing have an LNG terminal export agreement that provides Cheniere Marketing the ability to export LNG from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal.  SPLNG did not record any revenues associated with this agreement during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017.

State Tax Sharing Agreements

SPLNG has a state tax sharing agreement with Cheniere.  Under this agreement, Cheniere has agreed to prepare and file all state and local tax returns which SPLNG and Cheniere are required to file on a combined basis and to timely pay the combined state and local tax liability. If Cheniere, in its sole discretion, demands payment, SPLNG will pay to Cheniere an amount equal to the state and local tax that SPLNG would be required to pay if its state and local tax liability were calculated on a separate company basis. There have been no state and local taxes paid by Cheniere for which Cheniere could have demanded payment from SPLNG under this agreement; therefore, Cheniere has not demanded any such payments from SPLNG. The agreement is effective for tax returns due on or after January 1, 2008.

SPL has a state tax sharing agreement with Cheniere. Under this agreement, Cheniere has agreed to prepare and file all state and local tax returns which SPL and Cheniere are required to file on a combined basis and to timely pay the combined state and local tax liability. If Cheniere, in its sole discretion, demands payment, SPL will pay to Cheniere an amount equal to the state and local tax that SPL would be required to pay if SPL’s state and local tax liability were calculated on a separate company basis. There have been no state and local taxes paid by Cheniere for which Cheniere could have demanded payment from SPL under this agreement; therefore, Cheniere has not demanded any such payments from SPL. The agreement is effective for tax returns due on or after August 2012.

CTPL has a state tax sharing agreement with Cheniere. Under this agreement, Cheniere has agreed to prepare and file all state and local tax returns which CTPL and Cheniere are required to file on a combined basis and to timely pay the combined state and local tax liability. If Cheniere, in its sole discretion, demands payment, CTPL will pay to Cheniere an amount equal to the state and local tax that CTPL would be required to pay if CTPL’s state and local tax liability were calculated on a separate company basis. There have been no state and local taxes paid by Cheniere for which Cheniere could have demanded payment from CTPL

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under this agreement; therefore, Cheniere has not demanded any such payments from CTPL. The agreement is effective for tax returns due on or after May 2013.

NOTE 13—NET INCOME (LOSS) PER COMMON UNIT
 
Net income (loss) per common unit for a given period is based on the distributions that will be made to the unitholders with respect to the period plus an allocation of undistributed net income (loss) based on provisions of the partnership agreement, divided by the weighted average number of common units outstanding. Distributions paid by us are presented on the Consolidated Statement of Partners’ Equity. On October 26, 2018, we declared a $0.58 distribution per common unit and subordinated unit and the related distribution to our general partner and IDR holders to be paid on November 14, 2018 to unitholders of record as of November 5, 2018 for the period from July 1, 2018 to September 30, 2018.

The two-class method dictates that net income (loss) for a period be reduced by the amount of available cash that will be distributed with respect to that period and that any residual amount representing undistributed net income be allocated to common unitholders and other participating unitholders to the extent that each unit may share in net income as if all of the net income for the period had been distributed in accordance with the partnership agreement. Undistributed income is allocated to participating securities based on the distribution waterfall for available cash specified in the partnership agreement. Undistributed losses (including those resulting from distributions in excess of net income) are allocated to common units and other participating securities on a pro rata basis based on provisions of the partnership agreement. Distributions are treated as distributed earnings in the computation of earnings per common unit even though cash distributions are not necessarily derived from current or prior period earnings.

The Class B units, which were mandatorily converted into our common units in accordance with the terms of our partnership agreement on August 2, 2017, were issued at a discount to the market price of the common units into which they were convertible.  This discount, totaling $2,130 million, represented a beneficial conversion feature and was reflected as an increase in common and subordinated unitholders’ equity and a decrease in Class B unitholders’ equity to reflect the fair value of the Class B units at issuance on our Consolidated Statement of Partners’ Equity.  The beneficial conversion feature was considered a dividend that was distributed ratably with respect to any Class B unit from its issuance date through its conversion date, which resulted in an increase in Class B unitholders’ equity and a decrease in common and subordinated unitholders’ equity. We amortized the beneficial conversion feature through the mandatory conversion date of August 2, 2017 using the effective yield method, with a weighted average effective yield of 888.7% per year and 966.1% per year for Cheniere Holdings’ previously held Class B units and Blackstone CQP Holdco’s Class B units, respectively. The impact of the beneficial conversion feature was also included in earnings per unit for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017.


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The following table provides a reconciliation of net income and the allocation of net income to the common units, the subordinated units, the general partner units and IDRs for purposes of computing basic and diluted net income (loss) per unit (in millions, except per unit data).
 
 
 
 
Limited Partner Units
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total
 
Common Units
 
Class B Units
 
Subordinated Units
 
General Partner Units
 
IDR
Three Months Ended September 30, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
 
$
307

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Declared distributions
 
297

 
202

 

 
79

 
5

 
11

Assumed allocation of undistributed net income (1)
 
$
10

 
7

 

 
3

 

 

Assumed allocation of net income
 
 
 
$
209

 
$

 
$
82

 
$
5

 
$
11

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average units outstanding
 
 
 
348.6

 

 
135.4

 
 
 
 
Basic and diluted net income per unit (2)
 
 
 
$
0.60

 


 
$
0.60

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
 
$
23

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Declared distributions
 
217

 
153

 

 
60

 
4

 

Amortization of beneficial conversion feature of Class B units
 

 
(288
)
 
974

 
(686
)
 

 

Assumed allocation of undistributed net loss
 
$
(194
)
 
(137
)
 

 
(53
)
 
(4
)
 

Assumed allocation of net income
 
 
 
$
(272
)
 
$
974

 
$
(679
)
 
$


$

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average units outstanding
 
 
 
247.2

 
50.6

 
135.4

 
 
 
 
Basic and diluted net loss per unit (2)
 
 
 
$
(1.10
)
 


 
$
(5.02
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
 
$
923

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Declared distributions
 
859

 
589

 

 
229

 
17

 
24

Assumed allocation of undistributed net income (1)
 
$
64

 
45

 

 
18

 
1

 

Assumed allocation of net income
 
 
 
$
634

 
$

 
$
247

 
$
18

 
$
24

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average units outstanding
 
 
 
348.6

 

 
135.4

 
 
 
 
Basic and diluted net income per unit
 
 
 
$
1.82

 


 
$
1.82

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
 
$
116

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Declared distributions
 
267

 
202

 

 
60

 
5

 

Amortization of beneficial conversion feature of Class B units
 

 
(594
)
 
2,004

 
(1,410
)
 

 

Assumed allocation of undistributed net loss
 
$
(151
)
 
(107
)
 

 
(41
)
 
(3
)
 

Assumed allocation of net income
 
 
 
$
(499
)
 
$
2,004

 
$
(1,391
)
 
$
2

 
$

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average units outstanding
 
 
 
121.2

 
113.4

 
135.4

 
 
 
 
Basic and diluted net loss per unit (2)
 
 
 
$
(4.12
)
 


 
$
(10.28
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1)
Under our partnership agreement, the IDRs participate in net income (loss) only to the extent of the amount of cash distributions actually declared, thereby excluding the IDRs from participating in undistributed net income (loss).
(2)
Earnings per unit in the table may not recalculate exactly due to rounding because it is calculated based on whole numbers, not the rounded numbers presented.


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NOTE 14—CUSTOMER CONCENTRATION
  
The following table shows customers with revenues of 10% or greater of total third-party revenues and customers with accounts receivable balances of 10% or greater of total accounts receivable from third parties:
 
 
Percentage of Total Third-Party Revenues
 
Percentage of Accounts Receivable from Third Parties
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
September 30,
 
December 31,
 
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
Customer A
 
24%
 
31%
 
27%
 
42%
 
28%
 
39%
Customer B
 
21%
 
24%
 
22%
 
26%
 
26%
 
32%
Customer C
 
21%
 
35%
 
23%
 
18%
 
22%
 
26%
Customer D
 
24%
 
—%
 
18%
 
—%
 
19%
 
—%

NOTE 15—SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION
 
The following table provides supplemental disclosure of cash flow information (in millions):
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2018
 
2017
Cash paid during the period for interest, net of amounts capitalized
$
586

 
$
459


The balance in property, plant and equipment, net funded with accounts payable and accrued liabilities (including affiliate) was $204 million and $247 million as of September 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.


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NOTE 16—RECENT ACCOUNTING STANDARDS

The following table provides a brief description of a recent accounting standard that had not been adopted by us as of September 30, 2018:
Standard
 
Description
 
Expected Date of Adoption
 
Effect on our Consolidated Financial Statements or Other Significant Matters
ASU 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), and subsequent amendments thereto
 
This standard requires a lessee to recognize leases on its balance sheet by recording a lease liability representing the obligation to make future lease payments and a right-of-use asset representing the right to use the underlying asset for the lease term. A lessee is permitted to make an election not to recognize lease assets and liabilities for leases with a term of 12 months or less. The standard also modifies the definition of a lease and requires expanded disclosures. This guidance may be early adopted, and may be adopted using either a modified retrospective approach to apply the standard at the beginning of the earliest period presented in the financial statements or an optional transition approach to apply the standard at the date of adoption with no retrospective adjustments to prior periods. Certain additional practical expedients are also available.
 
January 1, 2019

 
We continue to evaluate the effect of this standard on our Consolidated Financial Statements. This evaluation process includes reviewing all forms of leases, performing a completeness assessment over the lease population, analyzing the practical expedients and assessing opportunities to make certain changes to our lease accounting information technology system in order to determine the best implementation strategy. Preliminarily, we anticipate a material impact from the requirement to recognize all leases on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. Because this assessment is preliminary and the accounting for leases is subject to significant judgment, this conclusion could change as we finalize our assessment. We have not yet determined the impact of the adoption of this standard upon our results of operations or cash flows. We anticipate electing the optional transition method to initially apply the standard at the January 1, 2019 adoption date. We expect to elect the package of practical expedients permitted under the transition guidance which, among other things, allows the carryforward of prior conclusions related to lease identification and classification. We also expect to elect the practical expedient to retain our existing accounting for land easements which were not previously accounted for as leases. We have not yet determined whether we will elect any other practical expedients upon transition.

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Additionally, the following table provides a brief description of recent accounting standards that were adopted by us during the reporting period:
Standard
 
Description
 
Date of Adoption
 
Effect on our Consolidated Financial Statements or Other Significant Matters
ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), and subsequent amendments thereto

 
This standard provides a single, comprehensive revenue recognition model which replaces and supersedes most existing revenue recognition guidance and requires an entity to recognize revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. The standard requires that the costs to obtain and fulfill contracts with customers should be recognized as assets and amortized to match the pattern of transfer of goods or services to the customer if expected to be recoverable. The standard also requires enhanced disclosures. This guidance may be adopted either retrospectively to each prior reporting period presented subject to allowable practical expedients (“full retrospective approach”) or as a cumulative-effect adjustment as of the date of adoption (“modified retrospective approach”).
 
January 1, 2018
 
We adopted this guidance on January 1, 2018, using the full retrospective method. The adoption of this guidance represents a change in accounting principle that will provide financial statement readers with enhanced disclosures regarding the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from contracts with customers. The adoption of this guidance did not impact our previously reported consolidated financial statements in any prior period nor did it result in a cumulative effect adjustment to retained earnings. See Note 11—Revenues from Contracts with Customers for additional disclosures.


ASU 2016-16, Income Taxes (Topic 740): Intra-Entity Transfers of Assets Other Than Inventory
 
This standard requires the immediate recognition of the tax consequences of intercompany asset transfers other than inventory. This guidance may be early adopted, but only at the beginning of an annual period, and must be adopted using a modified retrospective approach.
 
January 1, 2018

 
The adoption of this guidance did not have an impact on our Consolidated Financial Statements or related disclosures.

NOTE 17—SUPPLEMENTAL GUARANTOR INFORMATION

Our CQP Senior Notes are jointly and severally guaranteed by each of our subsidiaries other than SPL (the “Guarantors”) and, subject to certain conditions governing its guarantee, Sabine Pass LP (collectively with SPL, the “Non-Guarantors”). These guarantees are full and unconditional, subject to certain customary release provisions including (1) the sale, exchange, disposition or transfer (by merger, consolidation or otherwise) of the capital stock or all or substantially all of the assets of the Guarantors, (2) upon the liquidation or dissolution of a Guarantor, (3) following the release of a Guarantor from its guarantee obligations and (4) upon the legal defeasance or satisfaction and discharge of obligations under the CQP Indenture. See Note 10—Debt in this quarterly report and Note 11—Debt of our Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 for additional information regarding the CQP Senior Notes.

The following is condensed consolidating financial information for CQP (“Parent Issuer”), the Guarantors on a combined basis and the Non-Guarantors on a combined basis. We have accounted for investments in subsidiaries using the equity method.


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