NextDecade authorised to export LNG from its Rio Grande facility

NextDecade authorised to export LNG from its Rio Grande facility


The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued an order granting authorisation for NextDecade Corporation to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Rio Grande LNG facility to non-free trade agreement (non-FTA) countries.

NextDecade said in a statement it intends to develop “the largest LNG export solution linking Permian Basin associated gas to the global LNG market, creating value for producers, customers and stockholders”. 

Its portfolio of LNG projects includes the 27 mtpa Rio Grande LNG export facility in Brownsville, Texas and the 4.5 Bcf/d Rio Bravo Pipeline that would transport natural gas from the Agua Dulce area to Rio Grande LNG.

This move means NextDecade is now authorised to export LNG equivalent to 1,318 billion cubic feet of natural gas per year from Rio Grande LNG to both FTA and non-FTA countries, as it had an existing free trade agreement (FTA) order issued in August 2016.

Matt Schatzman, NextDecade’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, added: “This is another significant milestone for our Rio Grande LNG project, which will play a critical role in linking natural gas from the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale to the global LNG market, providing countries around the world access to cleaner energy.”

In November of last year NextDecade achieved a regulatory milestone, when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order authorising the siting, construction, and operation of Rio Grande LNG and the associated Rio Bravo Pipeline. Then on January 23, 2020, the FERC issued its final order denying rehearing requests on Rio Grande LNG and Rio Bravo Pipeline.

The DOE said: “Record levels of natural gas production in the United States continue to enhance global energy security while providing domestic benefits, including infrastructure development and job creation. 

“If built to capacity, the Rio Grande LNG project, including the connected Rio Bravo pipeline, is expected to create over 5,000 jobs during peak construction and represents infrastructure investment in excess of $15 billion.”

For more information visit www.next-decade.com

12th February 2020