NextDecade gets approval to change Rio Grande LNG design

US company NextDecade has secured approval from federal regulators to ditch one train from its proposed Rio Grande LNG export plant in Texas.

The original design for Rio Grande LNG included six trains each capable of producing 4.5 million tonnes per year.

However, NextDecade announced in July it would be able of producing the same total volumes with just five trains in an optimization move that includes slashing emissions.

This would lead to 21 percent lower total carbon dioxide equivalent emissions and shortened construction timeline for the full 27 mtpa project, it said.

According to the FERC approval on August 13, the modifications include changing main cryogenic heat exchanger design to support individual train uprates.

Under the new design, NextDecade will also switch from single string to parallel string refrigerant compressors and change the heavies removal system technology.

It remains unclear when NextDecade would build the five Rio Grande trains.

The company has earlier this year postponed the final decision on the LNG export project due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

- Advertisements -

Most Popular

Adnoc picks South Korean yards to build six LNG carriers

UAE’s energy giant Adnoc has selected two South Korean shipbuilders to build six liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers following...

Golar says progress made on new FLNG deal

Floating LNG player Golar LNG is working to sign definitive agreements for an up to 20-year FLNG deployment. In February,...

Aethon to buy Tellurian’s upstream assets for $260 million

Dallas-based private investment firm Aethon Energy Management has agreed to buy Tellurian’s integrated upstream assets for $260 million. The...

More News Like This

Adnoc buys stake in NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG project

UAE’s Adnoc has purchased an 11.7 percent stake in the first phase of NextDecade's Rio Grande LNG export terminal...

NextDecade: Rio Grande LNG work progresses

US LNG firm NextDecade is moving forward with construction work on the first phase of its Rio Grande LNG...

Work progresses on NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG export plant in Texas

US LNG firm NextDecade is moving forward with construction work on the first phase of its Rio Grande LNG...

NextDecade expects FID on fourth Rio Grande LNG train in H2 2024

US LNG firm NextDecade still expects to take a final investment decision to build the fourth liquefaction train at...