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ABB awarded LNG contract by NextDecade

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NextDecade Corp. has chosen ABB Ltd to provide an integrated automation and electrical solution for its Rio Grande LNG project in South Texas, US. The automation of plant control systems will optimise plant performance and efficiency, representing a logical extension of NextDecade’s low cost, lower risk development strategy, incombination with Rio Grande LNG’s optimal South Texas location.

Rio Grande LNG is a proposed 27 million tpy LNG export facility, set to be located on a 984 acre site on the Brownsville Ship Channel in South Texas. It will be constructed in phases, timed to meet market demand. The approximately 137 mile proposed Rio Bravo Pipeline will supply the facility with its feedgas, connecting it to the Agua Dulce natural gas supply area. Rio Grande LNG is currently in the advanced stages of the US Federal Energy RegulatoryCommission (FERC) review and permitting process.

“This agreement enables NextDecade to drive higher capital efficiencies through a unique, integrated approach among ABB, CB&I – NextDecade’s EPC contractor – and the NextDecade team via automation and electrical systems,” said Matt Schatzman, NextDecade President & CEO. “NextDecade expects ABB’s solutions to reduce the schedule, equipment footprint, and cost of our Rio Grande LNG facility, while providing greater operational flexibility.”

“Partnering with ABB not only provides a fully integrated automation and electrical solution, but also ABB AbilityTM, our integrated digital solutions offering. ABB Ability gives customers access to best-practice benchmarking, and transparency into operations, to improve operational performance, efficiency and productivity,” said Greg Scheu, ABB President Americas Region. “Our deep domain expertise, coupled with our history of innovation and collaboration with industry, will deliver a step change in operating efficiencies and improved throughput for NextDecade. Together, ABB, CB&I and NextDecade are helping to transform the growing LNG market in the US.”

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