HOUSTON, Texas, USA (December 12, 2018) — NextDecade Corporation (“NextDecade”) (NASDAQ: NEXT) announced today that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) voted to issue a series of air permits to NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG project in South Texas (TCEQ Docket No. 2018-1304-AIR).
“We appreciate the TCEQ’s commitment to the review of our project and are pleased to achieve another significant milestone in our efforts to deliver a safe and reliable LNG facility,” said Matt Schatzman, NextDecade’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to bringing thousands of jobs to the Rio Grande Valley and communities throughout the State of Texas, and to facilitating access to clean-burning, U.S.-produced natural gas for our customers around the world.”
During today’s meeting, TCEQ Commissioners voted to issue Air Quality Permit No. 104792, PSD Air Quality Permit No. PSDTX1498, and GHGPSD Air Quality Permit No. GHGPSDTX158. In addition, all requests for hearing and a motion for reconsideration were denied.
The Rio Grande LNG project also remains subject to review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), which is the primary and coordinating agency responsible for the permitting of U.S. LNG projects.
FERC issued a draft environmental impact statement (“EIS”) on the Rio Grande LNG project and associated Rio Bravo Pipeline on October 12, 2018. A final EIS will be issued on April 26, 2019. FERC has established a 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline of July 25, 2019. NextDecade anticipates a final investment decision on the project in the third quarter of 2019.
About NextDecade Corporation
NextDecade is an LNG development company primarily focused on LNG export projects and associated pipelines in Texas. NextDecade intends to develop a portfolio of LNG projects, including 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. NextDecade’s common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol “NEXT.” NextDecade is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
Located at the Port of Brownsville in South Texas, NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG project is expected to be a leader among second wave U.S. LNG projects. NextDecade believes its customers and shareholders will benefit from the project’s experienced leadership, proven approach, and optimal location. NextDecade’s technology selections are expected to foster operational reliability and afford NextDecade’s customers access to abundant natural gas from the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford Shale, and other basins.
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