Cheniere Energy signs 25-year LNG sales deal with Taiwan's CPC

Reuters quoted US liquefied natural gas (LNG) company Cheniere Energy Inc as saying that it had signed a 25-year deal to supply Taiwan's CPC Corp, which CPC valued at roughly USD 25 billion. Cheniere said that it will sell 2 million tonnes of LNG per year on a delivered basis to the state-owned oil and gas company, starting in 2021. It said the purchase price will be pegged to the Henry Hub monthly average, plus a fee.

A CPC spokesman said that the USD 25 billion figure was based on current prices. CPC's company statement on Saturday did not provide a monetary figure for the deal. CPC Chairman Mr Tai Chein said in a statement that "Most importantly, it helps to further achieve the diversification of LNG sources and stability of energy supply into the Taiwan market that are among CPC's key objectives."

Mr Chein said that LNG buyers see Qatar, Australia and the United States as leading suppliers in the future. CPC has already been importing substantial volumes from Qatar and Australia.The deal is also viewed as an important part of Taiwan's efforts to reduce its trade surplus with the United States, according to a source familiar with the government's thinking.

The source said that the contract is a significant boost to Taiwan's trade relations with the United States, particularly given the Trump administration's focus on trade with Asia.The United States has become a major LNG exporter in the last two years, mostly due to the ramp up of Cheniere's Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana.

The Houston-based company is also building the Corpus Christi terminal in Texas. The CPC deal, which is through Cheniere's marketing arm, is not tied to a particular project or liquefaction train.