by Tina Olivero

    ABB to deliver integrated automation, electrical & digital solutions to Phase 1 of Rio Grande LNG

    November 29, 2023

    ABB has been awarded an order by Bechtel Energy Inc. to deliver integrated automation, electrical, and digital solutions for Phase 1 of the Rio Grande LNG facility (RGLNG Phase 1) in Brownsville, Texas, a project developed by NextDecade Corporation. Bechtel Energy Inc. is undertaking construction of RGLNG Phase 1 under an engineering, procurement, and construction contract.

    RGLNG Phase 1 includes three liquefaction trains and supporting infrastructure, and was the largest greenfield project financing in U.S. history, according to NextDecade Corporation. This order, booked in Q3 2023, marks ABB’s first fully integrated scope on a major LNG facility. When fully operational, Phase 1 of the facility is expected to produce 17.6 million tons per annum of LNG.

    “Innovation and collaboration are helping address the energy trilemma of providing affordable, accessible, and sustainable energy for all,” said Brandon Spencer, President of ABB Energy Industries. “ABB technology will automate, electrify, and digitalize the Rio Grande project, which will further boost global LNG exports and play a vital role in achieving global energy security.”

    RGLNG Phase 1 will utilize ABB products and services to ensure the safe and efficient operation of its LNG production. Automation control systems, digital electrification components, and industrial drives will enable RGLNG Phase 1 to optimize production assets, increase energy efficiency, and operate more sustainably.

    NextDecade Corporation Rio Grande LNG docks rendering, courtesy of Bechtel Energy.

    According to the International Energy Agency, the U.S. is set to consolidate its position as the world’s largest LNG exporter, and growth in LNG supply signals a shift to a more globalized gas marketplace to improve resiliency and the ability to respond to supply and demand shocks.

    ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize how things are manufactured, moved, powered, and operated. Building on more than 140 years of excellence, ABB’s ~105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation. www.abb.com

    Tina Olivero

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