|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2019
|Restricted Cash [Abstract]|
|Restricted Cash||RESTRICTED CASH
Restricted cash consists of funds that are contractually or legally 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, 2019 and December 31, 2018, restricted cash consisted of the following (in millions):
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.
The cash held by us and our guarantor subsidiaries was restricted in use under the terms of the previous $2.8 billion credit facilities (the “2016 CQP Credit Facilities”) and the related depositary agreement governing the extension of credit to us, but is no longer restricted following the termination of the 2016 CQP Credit Facilities. Amounts not classified as restricted have been reserved by our general partner under the terms of our partnership agreement.
The entire disclosure for cash and cash equivalent footnotes, which may include the types of deposits and money market instruments, applicable carrying amounts, restricted amounts and compensating balance arrangements. Cash and equivalents include: (1) currency on hand (2) demand deposits with banks or financial institutions (3) other kinds of accounts that have the general characteristics of demand deposits (4) short-term, highly liquid investments that are both readily convertible to known amounts of cash and so near their maturity that they present insignificant risk of changes in value because of changes in interest rates. Generally, only investments maturing within three months from the date of acquisition qualify.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2009/role/commonPracticeRef