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NextDecade to export LNG to FTA countries

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NextDecade, LLC has announced that the US Department of Energy (DOE) has authorised the export of LNG from its proposed Rio Grande LNG facility to Free Trade Agreement (FTA) countries.

Responding to the application filed in December 2015, the DOE order authorising the export of up to 27 million tpy of LNG (equivalent to approximately 3.6 billion ft3/d of natural gas) for a 30 year term was granted on 17 August 2016 subject to Rio Grande LNG’s continued compliance with customary regulatory obligations as determined by all relevant agencies.

“NextDecade is well positioned to meet international demand, and FTA export authorisation is an important milestone towards making a final investment decision in 2017,” said Alfonso Puga, NextDecade Chief Commercial Officer. “The US has an abundant supply of natural gas and we have found a robust appetite for LNG.”

In November 2015, NextDecade announced it had signed non-binding agreements for 14 million tpy of LNG with customers across Asia and Europe. Since then, that number has grown to 30 million tpy, demonstrating a continued desire for US-produced LNG from customers around the world, and specifically, a desire for LNG from NextDecade.

NextDecade expects to receive FERC approval for Rio Grande LNG in 2017 with initial LNG exports shipping by the end of 2020.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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