Australia’s Woodside reveals US hydrogen plans

Australian LNG player Woodside has revealed plans to expand its portfolio of hydrogen production opportunities to the US, securing land in Oklahoma for future development of a modular hydrogen facility.

Woodside said in a statement it had secured a lease and option to purchase 94 acres (38 hectares) of vacant land in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to underpin future development of its proposed H2OK project.

Also, the company is progressing similar land acquisition opportunities aligned to growth markets in the US, it said.

Subject to approvals and customer demand, the H2OK concept involves construction of an initial 290 MW facility, which will use electrolysis to produce up to 90 tonnes per day (tpd) of liquid hydrogen for the heavy transport sector.

According to Woodside, the location offers the capacity for expansion up to 550 MW and 180 tpd.

Woodside has completed preliminary design of the modular, scalable production facility and is evaluating tenders to enable commencement of front-end engineering design before the end of this year.

The firm is targeting a final investment decision in the second half of 2022, and first liquid hydrogen production in 2025.

Hyzon Motors deal

Woodside says is also taking a proactive role in developing the US and Australian hydrogen markets, entering a memorandum of understanding with Hyzon Motors, a New York-based supplier of hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial and heavy transport vehicles.

The two firms intend to explore opportunities to work together on demand stimulation, supply and infrastructure solutions, and coordinated advocacy, Woodside said.

Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill said H2OK and collaborative arrangements like the Hyzon deal are part of the company’s strategy to deliver new energy projects that are “cost-competitive and scalable to meet customer demand, noting the significant potential for growth in the US hydrogen market.”

“With H2OK we will be bringing Woodside’s extensive liquefaction experience from LNG to deliver large-scale hydrogen production,” she 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,” O’Neill said.

Woodside has already announced plans to develop phased hydrogen and ammonia production projects in Perth (H2Perth) and northern Tasmania (H2TAS) to supply both Australian and international markets.

The LNG firm also announced in October a new collaboration with renewable energy technology company Heliogen, involving the proposed construction of a 5 MW commercial-scale demonstration facility in California using Heliogen’s concentrated solar power technology.

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