Energy Development Projects Continue to Help Drive Economic Surge for Rio Grande Valley of Texas

An international gas pipeline, federal government approval for an LNG port facility, and a huge wind farm are a few of the projects driving an economic boom in the Rio Grande Valley. The region is situated in the midst of two of the largest energy fields in North America, the Eagle Ford Shale of Texas and the emerging Burgos Basin of northern Mexico.Starr County in the western end of the Rio Grande Valley was chosen as the location for one the largest wind energy projects in the state of Texas estimated at over a half billion-dollar investment. “The wind generation projects will bring about 400 jobs to our area and dramatically infuse the local economy with spending and further investment,” said Rose Benavidez, President of the Starr County Industrial Foundation. “The area has also seen an increase in employment and spending as a result of the 42” international pipeline from the Eagle Ford Shale currently under construction that when complete will deliver $7.5 million of natural gas daily to Mexican power plants. At the opposite end of the Valley, approval has just been received from the U.S. Department of Energy DOE for the construction and operation of an LNG export and liquefaction facility at the Port of Brownsville. Texas LNG of Houston has already begun engineering work to construct the plant on the north shore of the Brownsville Ship Channel. Another pipeline to be built from the Eagle Ford Shale to the port will deliver gas for liquefaction and loading.

via Energy Development Projects Continue to Help Drive Economic Surge for Rio Grande Valley of Texas – Press Release – Digital Journal.

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