Tellurian Inc. executive chairman Charif Souki has shed almost 25 million shares in his company, which owns the Driftwood LNG LLC project, as concerns mount about the project’s future amid a search for $3.5 billion in equity from third parties.

Souki’s shareholding in Tellurian was almost 2 million on March 31, down 92% versus almost 27 million on Feb. 8, according to data from online broker eTrade.

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Charif Souki's share dump of Tellurian Inc. (Source: Hart Energy)

Executives from Tellurian’s media and investor relations teams didn’t respond to emailed requests from Hart Energy seeking details around Souki’s share divestments.

Important SEC Disclosures

According to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) documents, the reporting person (Souki) previously pledged 25,000,000 shares of common stock of Tellurian as part of a collateral package to secure a loan for certain real estate investments.

The loan agreement, dated April 27, 2017, was entered into by Souki, as borrower, Wilmington Trust, National Association, as administrative agent, and various lenders (the "loan agreement"), according to the SEC.

On Feb. 7, pursuant to the Loan agreement and other loan documents, Wilmington exercised its right as administrative agent to become a substituted shareholder and caused the pledged shares to be transferred into its account.

Driftwood LNG

Driftwood LNG is a two-phase development located on the west bank of the Calcasieu River, south of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Phase I is a two-plant development to provide 11 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) by early 2026 ,while Phase II is a three-plant development to provide another 16.6 mtpa.


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Tellurian’s Driftwood LNG Saga Continues

Driftwood and other U.S.-based liquefaction projects under construction aim to boost U.S. LNG exports to global markets impacted by lower energy exports from Russia after its invasion of Ukraine in early 2022.

Construction work related to Phase I continues to move forward with up to 250 people on site, Tellurian executive vice president and Driftwood Assets president Samik Mukherjee said in an April 5 video on the company’s website.