Before & After Construction – What’s it going to look like?
*”After construction” images are engineering renderings using to-scale computer models to accurately portray the facility in each landscape
Minimizing Our Visual Impact
Rio Grande LNG appreciates the important relationship the local community has with tourism and nature. That is why we have taken a number of additional measures to minimize our visual impact, ensuring our project can successfully co-exist with the existing economies of the region. One of the reasons we chose our site was because of its significant distance from tourist areas, like Port Isabel and South Padre Island. As you can see from the photos above, our project will have a very limited visual impact.
The beautiful beaches, clean water and incredible views from South Padre Island will remain unspoiled.
So what has Rio Grande LNG done to minimize the visual impact of the project?
Tall Flare Stacks
Rio Grande LNG has eliminated the need for tall flare stacks. Instead, Rio Grande LNG is using an innovative low-level ground flare system, that will not be visible to the public off-site, even during use. In addition, Rio Grande LNG will not be flaring constantly or even frequently. Flaring is likely to occur as few as 3 or 4 times a year during planned shutdowns and startups as well as during scheduled maintenance activities.
Our project is designed to withstand the forces of nature, including hurricanes and floods. To protect the site from this weather, one important requirement is an embankment over 10 feet tall surrounding the perimeter of the site. Typically, these embankments are functional concrete structures. Rio Grande LNG plans to improve upon this by creating embankments vegetated with native species. This means that when you drive down Highway 48, you won’t be looking at a concrete wall, instead you’ll see a vegetated hill, serving the dual purpose of restricting your view of our facility and making it inherently safer.
To ensure the safety of our employees at all times, it’s important that our site have sufficient lighting, but we’re not interested in lighting up our facility like a Christmas tree! For that reason, Rio Grande LNG, in partnership with its world-class engineering and environmental consultants, has worked tirelessly to minimize the impact of lights on site using intelligent lighting and design. In fact, beyond just reducing the number of lights, we’ve looked at the method of lighting, ways to block the light and even the specific color and frequency of light used. All of this helps to minimize our visual impact while maintaining the highest standards of safety for all.
These are just a few examples of the many ways Rio Grande LNG has been working to reduce our impact while maintaining the highest levels of safety, security and environmental responsibility. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to go into more detail.
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