Mubadala invests $50mn in US LNG infrastructure company NextDecade

The company will receive a seat on NextDecade's board of directors, and will have the right to contribute project-level capital upon the final investment decision of the Rio Grande LNG project

Mubadala, NextDecade, Permian, Rio Grande, Lng, Pipeline, Midstream

Mubadala Investment company, Abu Dhabi's sovereign investment fund, has agreed to purchase $50mn of US energy infrastructure company NextDecade's common stock in a private placement. NextDecade will issue the common stock to Mubadala at a price of $6.27 per share.

NextDecade is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) development company focused on LNG export projects and associated pipelines in Texas. NextDecade intends to develop the largest LNG export solution linking Permian Basin associated gas to the global LNG market, creating value for producers, customers, and stockholders. Its portfolio of LNG projects includes the 27 mtpa Rio Grande LNG export facility in Brownsville, Texas and the 4.5 Bcf/d Rio Bravo Pipeline that would transport natural gas from the Agua Dulce area to Rio Grande LNG.

“We are honored to welcome Mubadala, a leading global investor, as a shareholder in our company,” said Matt Schatzman, chairman and chief executive officer of NextDecade. “Mubadala brings a valuable perspective on large-scale infrastructure investment and the growing role of LNG in the Middle East and other markets around the world. We look forward to a strong and lasting partnership.”

Khalifa Al Romaithi, Mubadala’s executive director, Midstream, said, “We are pleased to make this investment in NextDecade. We strongly believe that the Rio Grande LNG project is optimally positioned to provide a highly competitive export route for the abundant gas resources of the Permian Basin and a compelling commercial proposition for LNG customers, Permian producers and NextDecade shareholders alike. Our investment also reflects Mubadala’s positive outlook on the global gas market and the growing role of gas in the energy transition.”

As part of its investment in NextDecade, Mubadala will receive one seat on NextDecade’s board of directors. Mubadala will also have the right to contribute a certain amount of project-level capital upon the final investment decision of NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG project.

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