LNG developer Tellurian to explore sale among other options, CEO steps down

(Reuters) - Tellurian said it was looking at all options, including a potential sale, and that CEO Octavio Simoes had stepped down from his role, amid the LNG developer's efforts to keep its Driftwood export project alive.

The company earlier this year had hired Lazard to explore a sale of its Haynesville upstream business in East Texas and Louisiana as part of efforts to raise capital for the Driftwood project.

Lazard will now also focus on alternative debt and equity financing, the sale of equity interests in Driftwood or Tellurian, a potential sale of the company, and assisting in securing commercial partners, Tellurian said on Monday.

Simoes, who resigned on March 15, has transitioned to an advisory role and will report to the company's president. He will retire in June. The company had previously said it would not renew or extend his employment term beyond June 5.

Samik Mukherjee, executive vice president of Driftwood Assets, has been appointed as president of Tellurian Investments.

He will be in charge of development of all Tellurian’s assets, including upstream, Driftwood LNG and pipeline.

The change is the latest top level reshuffle at Tellurian after it ousted chairman and co-founder Charif Souki late last year.

The company said it could sell up to $366.1 MM shares from time to time through distribution agency Virtu Americas.

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