Property, Plant and Equipment
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2017
|Property, Plant and Equipment [Abstract]|
|Property, Plant and Equipment||
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
Property, plant and equipment, net consists of LNG terminal costs and fixed assets, as follows (in millions):
Depreciation expense was $331 million, $148 million and $65 million in the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
We realized offsets to LNG terminal costs of $301 million and $201 million in the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, 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.
LNG Terminal Costs
The Sabine Pass LNG terminal is depreciated using the straight-line depreciation method applied to groups of LNG terminal assets with varying useful lives. The identifiable components of the Sabine Pass LNG terminal with similar estimated useful lives have a depreciable range between 6 and 50 years, as follows:
Fixed Assets and Other
Our fixed assets and other are recorded at cost and are depreciated on a straight-line method based on estimated lives of the individual assets or groups of assets.
The entire disclosure for long-lived, physical assets used in the normal conduct of business and not intended for resale. Includes, but is not limited to, accounting policies and methodology, roll forwards, depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, including composite depreciation, accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, useful lives and method used, income statement disclosures, assets held for sale and public utility disclosures.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef