Saudi Aramco Inks Long-Term Liquefied Natural Gas Deal with NextDecade

Saudi Aramco, a global energy giant, has signed a preliminary agreement with NextDecade, a US-based natural gas company, to secure a 20-year supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG). This strategic partnership signifies Aramco's expanding presence in the international energy market, particularly in the LNG sector.

The non-binding Heads of Agreement (HoA) outlines the potential purchase of 1. 2 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of LNG by Aramco for two decades. The LNG will be sourced from NextDecade's upcoming fourth train at the Rio Grande LNG Facility situated in Port Brownsville, Texas.

While the agreement is not yet finalized, both companies are actively negotiating a binding sales and purchase agreement (SPA). The finalization of the SPA hinges on NextDecade securing a positive Final Investment Decision (FID) for Train 4.

"We are enthusiastic about finalizing a long-term LNG offtake agreement with NextDecade, " said Nasir K. Al-Naimi, Aramco's Upstream President. "This collaboration aligns with our strategy of expanding our footprint in international energy markets, and we believe LNG will play a crucial role in fulfilling the growing demand for reliable and efficient energy sources. "

This agreement comes amidst Aramco's recent endeavors to diversify its energy portfolio. The Saudi energy leader has been actively exploring opportunities in the LNG market, recognizing its potential for future growth.

For NextDecade, this collaboration presents a significant opportunity to solidify its position as a prominent LNG supplier. "We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Aramco for LNG from Train 4, " said Matt Schatzman, Chairman and CEO of NextDecade. "This partnership aligns with Aramco's goal of expanding its LNG portfolio, and we look forward to finalizing the LNG SPA and exploring further collaborative ventures. "

The potential 20-year deal holds considerable weight for both companies. For Aramco, it ensures a steady supply of LNG, a fuel source gaining traction in global energy consumption. For NextDecade, the agreement strengthens its market presence and provides a reliable offtake partner for its upcoming Train 4 facility.

The finalization of the binding agreement will be contingent on NextDecade securing FID for Train 4. This FID signifies a company's commitment to proceed with a project and is often contingent on factors like securing financing and permits.

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