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Rio Grande LNG & Rio Bravo Pipeline to Participate at FERC Scoping Meetings


Events to inform and gather public input on proposed LNG & pipeline Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will host Scoping Meetings in Raymondville, Port Isabel and Kingsville during the week of August 10. Scoping Meetings, in addition to providing the public with the opportunity to submit official comment to the FERC, are designed to give interested parties the opportunity to learn more about the Project and its review process directly from Project team members and FERC staffers. Rio Grande LNG is currently in the early pre-filing stage of the regulatory process, which allows Project sponsors and stakeholders the opportunity to identify and resolve potential issues, and incorporate modifications to the final design of the project, prior to filing a full application.

The public is encouraged to attend at any time during the meetings. FERC staff will be available to answer their questions about the environmental review process and Rio Grande LNG representatives will be there to answer questions and address concerns relating to the Project.

Rio Grande LNG has signed an option-to-lease agreement for a 1,000-acre site zoned for industrial use at the Port of Brownsville. The Project is positioned to create a substantial positive economic impact to the South Texas region, with an expected initial investment in excess of $8 billion. The Rio Bravo Pipeline is a roughly 140-mile proposed new natural gas pipeline that will be built to provide feed gas for the Rio Grande LNG facility.

For the first phase of the project, the initial investment is expected to be in excess of $8 billion. Rio Grande LNG is expected to create 4,000-6,000 construction jobs, more than 200 fulltime jobs, good salaries, skills training and support thousands more indirect jobs. Rio Grande LNG and Rio Bravo Pipeline are committed to hiring and buying locally whenever possible and have set up an interested vendor registration portal at www.riograndelng.com.

LNG is an odorless, non-flammable, non-toxic liquid that has been safely and securely shipped around the world for more than 50 years.

LNG has a strong track record of safety, particularly in comparison to other common fuel types. In the highly unlikely event of an LNG spill, no environmental cleanup is needed because 100 percent of the LNG evaporates and dissipates, leaving no residue. Rio Grande LNG will always put safety first.

Rio Grande LNG is proposed for a zoned industrial area on the Port of Brownsville ship channel and is not located in designated critical wildlife habitat area. Rio Grande LNG will meet or exceed all air quality, environmental and regulatory requirements.

The LNG industry is one of the most highly regulated industries in the world. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) oversees this important process, including multiple public input and comment periods. A comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is part of this process and the Scoping Meetings play an important role in this. Rio Grande LNG is currently in the early pre-filing stage, providing project sponsors and stakeholders the opportunity to identify and resolve potential issues prior to the Project filing its full application, estimated for early 2016. If approved and the final investment decision is made, construction is expected to begin in June 2017. Operations would begin in Q4 2020.

Rio Grande LNG puts safety first, works to minimize environmental impacts and is committed to being a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen. The company believes that strong communication with the community is essential and is working to maximize the positive impact for the community, including developing relationships with local colleges and trades schools about workforce training programs. Rio Grande LNG is also exploring the possibility of an LNG trucking and fueling distribution center that will provide clean-burning natural gas as vehicle fuel to the region. This would be the first effort of its kind in South Texas.

Rio Grande LNG is proposed for a 1,000-acre site zoned for industrial use on the Port of Brownsville ship channel. The Project is seeking approval for six liquefaction trains, each with nominal LNG output capacity of 4.5 million metric tons per year. The terminal is being engineered and constructed by CB&I, a world-class LNG engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company, using proven, safe, reliable design and technology. CB&I has designed and built LNG terminals in the U.S and around the world while maintaining an award-winning safety record. In 2015, CB&I received the prestigious Green Cross Award for Safety from the National Safety Council. CB&I is the first construction company ever to be granted this award.

NextDecade based in The Woodlands, Texas, is a development and management company of land-based and floating LNG projects creating innovative opportunities in the global integrated natural gas industry. By bringing together people, companies and opportunities, NextDecade assembles best-in-class assets to deliver successful projects. Founded in 2010, NextDecade represents a team of industry leaders with over 130 years of extensive experience in the full LNG value chain, including successfully closing major LNG off-take deals, LNG/FLNG technology, global Gas and Electricity projects and project management. For more information, please visit www.next-decade.com

Who: NextDecade, LLC, developers and parent company of Rio Grande LNG and Rio Bravo Pipeline

What: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will host three separate Scoping Meetings to provide information to the public and gather input on the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) projects proposed for the Port of Brownsville and the Rio Bravo Pipeline More information at: www.riograndelng.com/regulatory-process/scoping-meetings


Raymondville – La Quinta Inn & Suites
Port Isabel – Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center
Kingsville – Helen Kleberg Community Center


Raymondville – August 10th, 3 pm till 8 pm
Port Isabel – August 11th, 12 noon till 8 pm
Kingsville – August 13th, 3 pm till 8 pm

Contact: James Markham-Hill, Manager of Communications
email: [email protected]