NextDecade targets “carbon-neutrality” at Rio Grande LNG terminal

US company NextDecade has come up with new ways to reduce emissions as it looks to achieve “carbon-neutrality” at its proposed Rio Grande LNG export plant in Texas.

Throughout the course of NextDecade’s pre-FID development activities, and intensively in recent months, the firm said it has evaluated multiple technical solutions to slash CO2e emissions at Rio Grande LNG.

Based on these evaluations, NextDecade has determined that carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the most feasible technical solution for the LNG export project, it said.

The firm believes that the addition of CCS technology in conjunction with its proprietary processes could reduce the CO2e emissions of its Rio Grande LNG facility by 90 percent.

While NextDecade advances its work in this area, the company is also exploring options to address the remaining 10 percent CO2e emissions.

FID still expected in 2021

NextDecade has earlier this year postponed its final investment decision on the LNG export project due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The firm said on Tuesday it continues to work on remaining commercial agreements needed to achieve the investment decision in 2021.

Also in August, the firm secured approval from federal regulators to ditch one train in an optimization move.

The project now includes five trains for a total capacity of 27 million tonnes per year.

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