NextDecade Corp., the developer of the Rio Grande LNG export project on the Brownsville Ship Channel in Texas, has signed a 20-year sale and purchase agreement with ExxonMobil LNG Asia Pacific.
Under the SPA, the US major’s Asia unit will purchase 1 million metric tonnes per annum of LNG supplied from the first two Trains of the Rio Grande facility. The first Train expected to start commercial operations as early as 2026.
NextDecade mostly recently also signed a third supply agreement with a Chinese company since the start of 2022.
The Houston, Texas-based company signed a 20-year SPA with China Gas Hongda Energy Trading Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Gas Holdings. This deal was also for 1 MTPA of LNG indexed to Henry Hub and delivered on a free-on-board (FOB) basis.
NextDecade in April 2022 signed a 20-year SPA with the Singapore trading arm of ENN Group of China and another with China’s Guangdong Energy Group Natural Gas.
“The signing of this long-term SPA with ExxonMobil, a global leader in the energy industry, represents another significant milestone for RGLNG and signifies the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship,” said Matt Schatzman, NextDecade’s Chairman and Chief Executive.
“This agreement highlights the success of NextDecade’s strategy to provide customers with low carbon-intensive LNG to help them meet their carbon reduction goals, while providing them access to secure energy supply,” added Schatzman.
The US company has ultimate plans and permits to produce up to 27 MTPA of LNG from five liquefaction Trains at the Rio Grande facility.
“LNG will play an increasingly important role in helping society reduce emissions during the energy transition,” said Peter Clarke, Senior Vice President of LNG for the ExxonMobil Upstream Company.
“We look forward to working with NextDecade to continue growing ExxonMobil’s LNG portfolio and delivering the lower-emissions energy the world needs,” added Clarke.
NextDecade has said that based on current expected demand for LNG and assuming the achievement of further LNG contracting and financing, the company anticipated making a positive final investment decision on up to three Trains in the second half of 2022, with FIDs of its remaining Trains to follow thereafter.