ABB bags Rio Grande LNG gig

Swiss engineering group ABB has won a contract from Bechtel to provide automation and other solutions for NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG export project in Texas.

NextDecade awarded the $12 billion EPC contract to Bechtel and officially started building the first phase of its Rio Grande LNG export project in October.

In July, NextDecade took the final investment decision on the first three trains and completed $18.4 billion project financing.

Phase 1, with nameplate liquefaction capacity of 17.6 mtpa, has 16.2 mtpa of long-term binding LNG sale and purchase agreements.

ABB said this order with Bechtel, booked in the third quarter, marks the company’s first fully-integrated scope on a major LNG facility.

“Automation control systems, digital electrification components, and industrial drives will enable RGLNG Phase 1 to optimize production assets, increase energy efficiency, and operate more sustainably,” it said.

The firm did not reveal the price tag of the contract.

Besides the first three trains, NextDecade is also planning to take a final investment decision to build the fourth liquefaction train at its Rio Grande LNG plant n the second half of 2024.

Including trains 4 and 5, the Rio Grande LNG facility would have a capacity of 27 mtpa.

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