Woodside expands hydrogen portfolio to the US
Australian energy producer Woodside has announced plans to expand its portfolio of hydrogen production opportunities to the US, securing land in Oklahoma for future development of a modular hydrogen facility, it said on December 7.
Woodside has secured a lease and option to purchase 94 acres (38 hectares) of vacant land in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to underpin the future development of its proposed H2OK project. The company is also progressing similar land acquisition opportunities aligned to growth markets in the US, it said.
The H2OK concept involves the construction of an initial 290 MW facility, which will use electrolysis to produce up to 90 metric tons (mt)/day of liquid hydrogen for the heavy transport sector. The location offers the capacity for expansion up to 550 MW and 180 mt/d.
Woodside said it has completed the preliminary design of the modular, scalable production facility and is evaluating tenders to enable the start of front-end engineering design before the end of this year. The project is targeting a final investment decision in the second half of 2022, and the first liquid hydrogen production in 2025.
Woodside has also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hyzon Motors. They intend to explore opportunities to work together on demand stimulation, supply and infrastructure solutions, and coordinated advocacy.
Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill said H2OK and collaborative arrangements like the Hyzon MoU 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,” O’Neill said. “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.”
“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,” she added.
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. It 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.