Bakken Energy, Mitsubishi plan North Dakota hydrogen hub
Bakken Energy and Mitsubishi Power have signed a strategic partnership agreement to create a hydrogen hub in North Dakota, Mitsubishi said on June 2. This hub will be composed of facilities that produce, store, transport and consume clean hydrogen.
The hub will focus on producing blue hydrogen and will be connected by pipeline to other clean hydrogen hubs being developed across North America. Mitsubishi Power has been developing a hydrogen hub with Magnum Development in Utah to support the western US, and in May signed an agreement to develop hydrogen storage solutions with Texas Brine across the eastern US.
Bakken Energy, supported by Mitsubishi Power, is currently working with Basin Electric Power Cooperative and its subsidiary Dakota Gasification Company on the potential acquisition and redevelopment of the Great Plains synfuels plant located near Beulah, North Dakota.
“We believe that clean hydrogen derived from natural gas, with the carbon captured and with its cost advantages, is the best way to accelerate the adoption of hydrogen,” said Mike Hopkins, CEO of Bakken Energy. “Bakken Energy intends to be the largest and lowest-cost producer of clean hydrogen in the US.”
“While still early in the due diligence process, we are excited about the prospect of the Great Plains Synfuels Plant being redeveloped into a world class clean hydrogen complex,” said Paul Sukut, CEO of Basin Electric Power Cooperative.
Mitsubishi Power recently announced green hydrogen agreements supported by the governors of Utah and California, and the City of Los Angeles. “This is part of our strategy to bring decarbonised hydrogen throughout North America to customers in the power, transportation and industrial sectors,” Paul Browning CEO of Mitsubishi Power Americas, said.