Next Decade

Rio Grande LNG

NextDecade expects to make a final investment decision on Rio Grande LNG by the end of the third quarter of 2019 and to commence commercial operations in 2023

Project facts

  • 984-acre site optimally located in the Port of Brownsville, Texas
  • Total capacity of 27 mtpa (6 liquefaction trains x 4.5 mtpa per train)
  • 4 x 180,000 m3 full-containment LNG storage tanks
  • Deepwater port access with supporting marine infrastructure
  • Two marine jetties, berth pocket, turning basin
  • Abundant gas supply from the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale

Rio Grande LNG project timeline

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Optimal location

Rio Grande LNG is located in an uncongested deepwater port with access to a skilled labor force and in close proximity to abundant, low-cost recoverable gas resources in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale.

Uncongested port

Rio Grande LNG is located at the Port of Brownsville, a deepwater, industrial port with minimal existing vessel traffic – significantly lower than other project locations

Abundant gas supply

The Permian Basin, alone, holds 600 Tcf of associated gas, 90 percent of it with break-evens below $0.*  Rio Grande LNG will provide producers a long-term baseload demand center and natural gas flow assurance while helping to eliminate unnecessary flaring. Global LNG customers gain access to an abundant resource that will produce significant quantities of low-cost natural gas for decades. *Source: RS Energy Group

Proven approach

NextDecade is partnering with industry-leading technology providers to instill development confidence and ensure operational reliability.


Utilizing proven, reliable, and safe technologies, including Air Products AP-C3MR liquefaction and Baker Hughes GE rotating equipment, reduces Rio Grande LNG’s construction and operational risk. Integrated automation and electrical solutions provided by ABB are expected to optimize plant performance and efficiency.

Community and environment

Rio Grande LNG is committed to being a safe and environmentally responsible neighbor. We work with communities to understand and address their priorities and concerns, and plan to build and operate our projects to meet or exceed regulatory standards and industry best practices. We do this by adhering to our values of safety, integrity, honesty, respect, transparency, and diversity.

Safety and environment

Safety has been and will always be a priority for Rio Grande LNG. Our LNG facility and pipeline will be built and operated to meet or exceed regulatory standards for both safety and environmental protection.

Community engagement

Rio Grande LNG is committed to making a positive impact on the communities in which we work. We do this in many ways: by creating new jobs, engaging with local businesses and providing useful skills training.