UAE’s Mubadala to buy $50m stake in LNG development firm


NextDecade Corporation announced on Thursday that it has reached an agreement for Mubadala Investment Company to purchase $50 million of its common stock in a private placement.

The LNG development company will issue the stock to the Abu Dhabi-based sovereign investor at a price of $6.27 per share, state news agency WAM reported.

Mubadala’s investment further strengthens US-based NextDecade’s capital position as the company continues to develop its Rio Grande LNG project, the largest LNG export solution linking Permian Basin associated gas to the global LNG market.

“We are honoured to welcome Mubadala, a leading global investor, as a shareholder in our company,” said Matt Schatzman, chairman and CEO 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, added: “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.