French Total makes $207 million investment in US Tellurian

Tellurian Investments Inc and Total have announced that Total is acquiring approximately 23% of Tellurian at $5.85 per share for an amount of 207 million dollars to develop an integrated gas project, from the acquisition of competitive gas production in the US to the delivery of LNG to international markets from the Driftwood LNG terminal.
Tellurian President and CEO, Meg Gentle, said: “Total’s investment materially strengthens Tellurian’s position as a large infrastructure development company and is an important milestone in the growth of Tellurian’s LNG business, including the Driftwood LNG project in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. We welcome Total, one of the major global LNG operators, as a shareholder. We look forward to delivering low cost LNG to the global market.”
Total President of Gas, Renewables and Power, Philippe Sauquet, said: “We are happy to join forces with Tellurian, who has a very experienced team with a strong track record of developing and managing LNG assets in the US. Investing in Tellurian at an early stage will give us the opportunity to potentially strengthen our mid and long term LNG portfolio thanks to a very cost competitive project.”
Driftwood LNG is in the engineering design and pre-filing phase of the project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved Driftwood LNG’s pre-filing request on June 6, 2016. Tellurian expects to commence construction of Driftwood LNG in 2018 and produce LNG in 2022.
Total is a global gas player, well positioned along the entire LNG value chain, with a strong track record in upstream project execution, a significant trading capability and an industry-leading reputation as a reliable LNG supplier. In 2015 the Group’s LNG production was of 10.2 million tons. Total’s objective is to double its liquefaction capacity to around 20 Mt/y and increase its LNG trading portfolio to 15 Mt/y by 2020.