Rio Grande LNG is a planned natural gas liquefaction and export project. Located in the Port of Brownsville in South Texas, the Rio Grande LNG project is expected to be a leader among second wave U.S. LNG projects. Rio Grande LNG is being developed by Houston-based NextDecade Corporation.
Rio Grande LNG will be supplied with natural gas from the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford Shale, and other resources. NextDecade’s Rio Bravo Pipeline will transport gas from the Agua Dulce area to the Rio Grande LNG project. More information on the proposed pipeline can be found on the Rio Bravo Pipeline website (click HERE).
On May 5, 2016, NextDecade filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to site, construct and operate the Rio Grande LNG project and the associated Rio Bravo Pipeline project. The application and all subsequent FERC filings are publicly available on the FERC’s website under docket numbers CP16-454 (Rio Grande LNG) and CP16-455 (Rio Bravo Pipeline).
On October 12, 2018, FERC issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Rio Grande LNG and Rio Bravo Pipeline. The draft EIS was prepared in accordance with statutory requirements in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). FERC’s rigorous process includes a detailed review of safety, environmental, engineering, socioeconomics, and other elements of proposed projects. FERC released the final EIS for Rio Grande LNG and the associated Rio Bravo Pipeline on April 26, 2019. NextDecade expects to receive the final FERC order by 3Q 2019 and to make a final investment decision on the Rio Grande LNG project by 4Q 2019.
Rio Grande and Rio Bravo also rely on the environmental, legal, and technical expertise of LNG industry consultants and engineers, including Blue Engineering and Consulting, CH-IV International, Moffat & Nichol, Ecology & Environment, Inc., Fugro USA Land, Inc., and K&L Gates LLP.
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