Rio Grande LNG plant, gas pipeline granted FERC pre-filing status

NextDecade LLC has received notification from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of acceptance into the pre-filing process for its 27-million tonne/year Rio Grande LNG liquefaction plant and associated Rio Bravo pipeline. Rio Grande LNG, a wholly owned subsidiary of NextDecade, is a land-based LNG export project on a 1,000-acre site along the Brownsville Shipping Channel in Brownsville, Tex.

NextDecade’s proposal includes plans for up to 6 liquefaction trains, each with a 4.5-million tpy nominal output capacity. The plant will be constructed in phases timed to meet market demand. The 129-mile Rio Bravo pipeline will supply the plant, connecting it to the Agua Dulce natural gas market hub. NextDecade has completed a basis of design for Rio Grande LNG with CB&I.

The company expects to make a final investment decision on the Rio Grande’s $8-billion Phase 1 in 2017, pending regulatory approvals.

NextDecade has also proposed the Pelican Island LNG project in Galveston, Tex. The US Department of Energy 2 years ago granted NextDecade-owned Pangea LNG authorization to export LNG to countries with which the US has free-trade agreements from a site on the La Quinta Ship Channel in Corpus Christi, Tex. (OGJ Online, Feb. 5, 2013).

Contact Christopher E. Smith at

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now


Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...

Reduce Engineering Project Complexity

Engineering document management presents unique and complex challenges. A solution based in Enter...

Revolutionizing Asset Management in the Electric Power Industry

With the arrival of the Industrial Internet of Things, data is growing and becoming more accessib...