Project Canary to Measure Greenhouse Gases from Rio Grande LNG Facility

NextDecade Corporation and Project Canary announced the formation of a joint pilot project for monitoring, reporting, and independent third-party measurement and certification of the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of LNG to be sold from NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG export facility in the Port of Brownsville, Texas.

Project Canary is focused on delivering continuous emissions monitoring data and related technologies to assess environmental performance across the energy value chain. In its pilot project with NextDecade, which the companies say is the first in the LNG industry, Project Canary will deploy its TrustWell certification process to confirm each element of the natural gas value chain – from the wellhead to the ship at Rio Grande LNG – has achieved low emissions targets and utilized the highest standards of environmental performance and social responsibility. This partnership will enable the development of a responsibly sourced natural gas supply chain from leading producers in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale and independent, third-party certification of the GHG intensity of LNG.

“NextDecade is committed to working with sustainable producers seeking to supply responsibly sourced natural gas to Rio Grande LNG,” said Matt Schatzman, NextDecade’s chairman and CEO.

Project Canary’s measurement and certification platform will provide transparency and give confidence to customers focused on securing low greenhouse gas-intensive LNG, Schatzman said.

Last month, NextDecade announced its wholly owned subsidiary, NEXT Carbon Solutions, is developing a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at Rio Grande LNG. NEXT Carbon Solutions’ CCS project at Rio Grande LNG is expected to enable the capture and permanent geologic storage of more than five million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. Combining responsibly sourced gas with the anticipated CO2 emissions reduction associated with NEXT Carbon Solutions’ CCS project is expected to enable Rio Grande LNG to produce the lowest lifecycle GHG LNG on a free-on-board basis and to be the greenest LNG project in the world.

“The differentiated market for responsibly sourced gas is expanding rapidly on a global scale as customers, investors and regulators seek, push for, and reward energy produced with the highest environmental standards,” said Chris Romer, Project Canary co-founder and CEO.

Denver-based Project Canary provides emissions monitoring data and related technologies across the energy value chain – from the production, transmission and marketing of responsibly sourced natural gas. Trustwell certification, which scores across four primary categories of responsibility – air, water, land, and community – assigns ratings based on independent review and rigorous data analysis and has been involved in more than 85% of responsibly sourced gas transactions in the United States to date.

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