The Largest Private Infrastructure Project in Texas

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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, Eagle Ford Shale, and other resources

NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG (RGLNG) is a natural gas liquefaction and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export project. Located at 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.

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 reliable, low-cost, abundant natural gas from the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford Shale, and other basins.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the main regulatory body in charge of permitting U.S. LNG export facilities. FERC’s rigorous process includes a detailed review of environmental, engineering, social, and other elements of proposed projects. On October 12, 2018, FERC issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Rio Grande LNG and Rio Bravo Pipeline. Separately, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) voted to issue a series of state-level air permits to RGLNG on December 12, 2018. FERC is expected to issue a final EIS in April 2019, and the federal authorization decision deadline is set for July 25, 2019.


Experienced Leadership

The NextDecade team is focused on delivering results, and has significant experience developing, marketing, building and operating LNG facilities around the world.


Proven Approach

NextDecade’s technology selections and project approach foster development confidence and operational reliability.


Optimal Location

The Rio Grande LNG project is located in an uncongested port and is in close proximity to the vast and low cost recoverable gas resources of the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin.

Sample LNG Value Chain


Experienced Leadership

Significant experience in developing, marketing, building, and operating projects around the world


At the core of NextDecade is a team of people who care about what they do. They have the focus, commitment and experience to implement solutions and deliver industry-leading results. 

Learn more about NextDecade’s leadership team.




Partnering with industry-leading technology providers to instill development confidence and ensure operational reliability


Utilizing proven, reliable and safe technology, including AP-C3MR™ liquefaction and BakerHughes GE rotating equipment technologies, reduces Rio Grande LNG’s construction and operational risk. Integrated automation and electrical solutions provided by ABB optimize plant performance and efficiency.



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.


Rio Grande LNG’s location provides our customers access to abundant, low-cost natural gas reserves in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale, among others. Nearly half of all U.S. drilling activity is concentrated in the Permian Basin alone.