07/12/2021 - 12:54

Woodside secures land for US hydrogen facility

07/12/2021 - 12:54

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Oklahoma has been put forward to host the latest of Woodside Petroleum's lofty hydrogen plans.

Woodside secures land for US hydrogen facility
Woodside's proposed H2OK project in Oklahoma. Photo: Woodside Petroleum

Oklahoma has been put forward to host the latest of Woodside Petroleum's lofty hydrogen plans.

The company announced today that it had secured a lease and option to purchase 38 hectares of land in Ardmore Oklahoma for a proposed 290 megawatt hydrogen facility, capable of producing up to 90 tonnes of liquid hydrogen per day.

This liquid hydrogen would then be used as fuel for the heavy transport sector.

Woodside Petroleum said it has completed preliminary designs for the facility and is assessing tenders to start front-end engineering designs before the end of this year.

A final investment decision for the project is expected in the second half of 2022 - which will be subject to approvals, commercial agreements and market demand - with first liquid hydrogen production in 2025.

The announcement follows plans to develop the $1 billion H2Perth hydrogen and ammonia production project and H2TAS in Northern Tasmania.

It also accompanies a collaboration with renewable energy technology company Heliogen, which is working towards constructing a demonstration facility for its solar power technology in California.

Woodside says similar land acquisition opportunities to that of the Oklahoma buy are in progress.

“H2OK would be located in a highly prospective part of the US market, close to national highways and the supply chain infrastructure of major companies that have signalled their interest in securing reliable, affordable and lower carbon energy,” Woodside chief executive Meg O'Neill said.

“Following the completion of Woodside’s proposed merger with BHP’s petroleum business, we would have a significant presence in the North American market and we expect new energy opportunities to be a growing component of our portfolio.”

In tandem with US expansion plans, Woodside also entered a memordanum of understanding with New York-based automotive company Hyzon Motors.

The companies intend to work together on garnering demand and coordinating advocacy for hydrogen fuel-cell markets in the US and Australia.

 

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