Christina Cavarretta
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Cheniere Energy Elects John M. Deutch to Board of Directors



Houston, Texas December 15, 2006 – Cheniere Energy, Inc. (AMEX: LNG) announced today that John M. Deutch has been elected to its Board of Directors.


John Deutch is an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1970. He serves as director for Citigroup, Cummins, Raytheon and Schlumberger Ltd.  Mr. Deutch has served in significant government posts throughout his career including Director of Energy Research and Undersecretary of the US Department of Energy, Undersecretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Director of Central Intelligence. In addition, he has authored over 140 technical publications. Mr. Deutch earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics from Amherst College, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from M.I.T.


Cheniere’s Chairman and CEO, Charif Souki, said, “Mr. Deutch is a welcome addition to our board of directors. His wealth of experience as an educator, thought leader and government policy author will be an excellent resource to our organization.  His expertise in technology, innovation, national security and international affairs will greatly complement Cheniere’s business model as we continue to articulate the important role of LNG in US domestic energy supply. "

Cheniere is developing a network of three, 100% owned LNG receiving terminals and related natural gas pipelines along the Gulf Coast of the United States. The three terminals will have an aggregate send-out capacity of 9.9 billion cubic feet per day. Cheniere is pursuing related LNG business opportunities both upstream and downstream of the terminals. Cheniere is also the founder and holds a 30% limited partner interest in a fourth LNG receiving terminal.

Cheniere is based in Houston, Texas, with offices in Johnson Bayou, Louisiana, and Paris, France.  Additional information about Cheniere may be found on the company’s web site at


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