Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. announced this week it was preparing to perform essential improvements to the Brownsville Ship Channel in Texas for NextDecade Corp.’s Rio Grande LNG (RGLNG) project. 

The scope of work entails the deepening of the entrance channel to the western end of the RGLNG property, commonly referred to as Phase 1 of the Brazos Island Harbor Channel Improvements. Additionally, Great Lakes will be responsible for developing two ship berths and a turning basin for the Rio Grande LNG facility.

The improvements are set to bolster commercial navigation at the Port of Brownsville and ensure secure and efficient access for LNG carriers to the Rio Grande LNG facility. Great Lakes is slated to begin the groundbreaking project later in the year.

"This exciting milestone project marks the largest undertaking in Great Lakes' 133-year history," Lasse Petterson, Great Lakes' president and CEO, said in a prepared statement. "We are eagerly looking forward to collaborating with NextDecade, as well as other key stakeholders such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Port of Brownsville, on this critical improvement project. The benefits of this endeavor will extend to navigation interests and pave the way for future developments at the port of Brownsville. With our unmatched track record and unwavering commitment to safety, we are perfectly positioned to support the growth of LNG export in the United States, playing a vital role in ensuring energy affordability and overall sustainability."