Bullish on Future of US LNG Exports, Asian Firms Sign $498 Million Investment Deal

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May 7, 2012

HOUSTON – Cheniere Energy (NYSE Amex: LNG) announced today that Asian investment company Temasek,and private equity firm RRJ Capital, have agreed to make an investment of approximately $468 million in Cheniere.  Proceeds from this deal will be used in connection with the financing of the Sabine Pass LNG liquefaction project.  Additionally, Temasek, RRJ Capital and Cheniere are in discussions on a strategic partnership focused on developing LNG sales, marketing and trading relationships and opportunities in Asian markets.

The partnership would market LNG volumes from the proposed Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi LNG liquefaction facilities.

“We are pleased to confirm that we have recently agreed to invest in Cheniere alongside RRJ Capital. Cheniere’s established LNG expertise and experience give it the first mover competitive advantage in LNG energy supply,” said Greg Lanham, Managing Director, Investments, Temasek.  “This investment helps to expand our longer term interest in the energy and resources sector.  We look forward to working with both Cheniere and RRJ Capital and others to tap into opportunities in Asia which are driven by the energy demand of growing middle income populations and continued urbanization in the decades ahead.”

“We are very excited about our long-term strategic investment in Cheniere,” said Richard Ong, Chairman and CEO of RRJ Capital.  “We strongly support Cheniere and their vision to become a world leader in the global LNG industry, including the key Asian LNG market.”

“Temasek and RRJ Capital have committed to make a significant investment in Cheniere and we look forward to exploring commercial opportunities with our new shareholders,” said Charif Souki, Chairman and CEO of Cheniere.  “Their proposed investment would allow us to increase our equity holdings in Cheniere Partners, which we believe is an attractive, long-term opportunity that better aligns us with the Sabine Project and its investors.  Additionally, Temasek and RRJ Capital would enhance the further development of our LNG business through their expertise and experience in investments, marketing and trading in Asian markets.”

 

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