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05/01/2017 Press release

Total makes $207 million investment in Tellurian to develop integrated gas project


Joint press release


Houston/Paris – Tellurian Investments Inc. (“Tellurian”) and Total announce today 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.


About Tellurian

Tellurian is a private company developing natural gas liquefaction export projects. It was founded in 2016 and is based in Houston, Texas. The company is underpinned by a group of experienced industry experts who focus their collective knowledge and expertise on establishing a new global standard to deliver low cost LNG. Tellurian delivers results using a repeatable and simple design, off-the-shelf equipment and multiple production units to enhance reliability. Tellurian entered into a merger agreement with Magellan Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ: MPET) on August 2, 2016, and expects the agreement to close in the first quarter of 2017.


Contact Total Press Office and Investor Relations


  • Press Office +33 (0) 1 47 44 46 99 

Investor Relations

  • Mike Sangster, Nicolas Fumex, Kim Housego, Romain Richemont + 44 (0)207 719 7962
  • Robert Hammond (U.S) + 1 713 483 5070 

Contact Tellurian


  • Joi Lecznar/SVP Public Affairs and Communication
    Phone 1 832.962.4044 / [email protected]