Big Deal or Nah? LNG exporter Tellurian buying Haynesville acreage for $85.1M

My gut tells me this is a big deal for the region and the Haynesville play-what we were hoping and expecting to happen eventually. What are your thoughts? Will other exporters follow and do the same?

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - September 06, 2017) - A wholly-owned subsidiary of Tellurian Inc. (Tellurian) (NASDAQ: TELL) has entered into an agreement with a private seller to acquire natural gas producing assets and undeveloped acreage in northern Louisiana for $85.1 million. The transaction is scheduled to close by the end of November 2017 subject to customary closing conditions.

The assets are located in Red River, DeSoto and Natchitoches Parishes, and include:

  • 9,200 net acres with up to 138 operated Haynesville and Bossier drilling locations
  • Approximately 1.3 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of total natural gas resource potential 
  • 19 producing operated wells with net current production of four million cubic feet per day (MMcfd)
  • Associated natural gas gathering and processing facilities with substantial additional capacity

The assets are 100% held by production and 92% operated, allowing Tellurian to control the pace of development for its multi-year drilling inventory. 

President and CEO Meg Gentle said, "Acquisition of natural gas producing assets is integral to our growing business. We expect our full cycle cost of production and transport to markets will be approximately $2.25 per MMBtu, which represents a significant savings to natural gas we will purchase at Henry Hub and other regional liquidity points. Platts LNG Daily reported the price of LNG in the Gulf of Mexico was $5.67 per MMBtu yesterday, providing the price signal to construct additional liquefaction capacity."

Covering more than five million acres, the Haynesville shale is one of the most prolific resource plays in the United States with over 13 Tcf of historical production, more than 44 active drilling rigs, access to multiple pipelines and close proximity to Gulf Coast consumers and exporters.

About Tellurian Inc.

Tellurian was founded by Charif Souki and Martin Houston and is led by President and CEO Meg Gentle. Tellurian plans to build a natural gas business that includes development of the Driftwood LNG terminal, an ~ 26 mtpa LNG export facility, and an associated pipeline. Tellurian intends to create value for shareholders by developing low-cost natural gas-related infrastructure, profitably delivering natural gas to customers worldwide and pursuing value-enhancing, complementary business lines in the energy industry. Tellurian is based in Houston, Texas, and its common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol "TELL".

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Thanks for the heads up, olddog.  What a lot of us would like to know is the net mcf price on your first Tellurian royalty statement.  Particularly, if it is different from your most recent statements from Samson, or Rockcliff.  Tellurian is making a point to promote this acquisition as a means to undercut the prices paid by other LNG export competitors.  They are specifically mentioning $2.25/mcf as their "all in" cost at their LNG facility when they begin exporting.  That may sound good to the "Street" but is a a bit of a concern for lessors in their units.


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