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TCEQ commissioners vote to approve air permits for Rio Grande LNG project

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NextDecade Corp. has announced that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has voted to issue a series of air permits for the Rio Grande LNG project in South Texas, US.

Matt Schatzman, NextDecade’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We appreciate the TCEQ’s commitment to the review of our project and are pleased to achieve another significant milestone in our efforts to deliver a safe and reliable LNG facility.

“We look forward to bringing thousands of jobs to the Rio Grande Valley and communities throughout the State of Texas, and to facilitating access to clean-burning, US-produced natural gas for our customers around the world.”

According to the statement, TCEQ commissioners voted to issue Air Quality Permit No. 104792, PSD Air Quality Permit No. PSDTX1498, and GHGPSD Air Quality Permit No. GHGPSDTX158. In addition to this, all requests for hearing and a motion for reconsideration were denied.

NextDecade claims that its Rio Grande LNG project remains subject to review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC originally issued a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on the project and associated Rio Bravo Pipeline on 12 October this year. A final EIS will be issued on 26 April next year. FERC has established a 90-day Federal Authorisation Decision Deadline of 25 July 2019. NextDecade claims that it is expecting project FID in 3Q19.

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