The US-based companies have said the plant is expected to be one of the largest of its kind in North America, leveraging on Plug Power’s proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis technology to produce more than 50 tonnes of green hydrogen per day.

Coming as the first green hydrogen investment for NFE, the facility will see the development additional supporting infrastructure, which could allow it to be scaled to nearly 500MW of capacity.

Situated on the banks of the Neches River in Jefferson County, Texas, the green hydrogen project site falls within the proximity of industrial end-users, as well as access to reliable power, and logistics including rail, maritime, and existing US Gulf Coast region-wide pipelines.

Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power, said, “Plug’s decarbonisation goals and NFE’s energy transition goals are strongly aligned, and our partnership has strengthened at a pivotal time for the green hydrogen industry.

“We are thrilled to support NFE’s first investment in green hydrogen. This facility is a model that we intend to replicate in other locations across the country.”

The announcement comes as Plug Power’s latest US-based green hydrogen development. In April (2022), the firm announced it had established a joint venture with Olin Corporation to develop a 15 tonne per day green hydrogen production plant in Louisiana, US.

Read more: Plug Power joint venture to develop a 15 tonne per day green hydrogen production project in the US

Wes Edens, Chairman and CEO of New Fortress Energy, said, “We are pleased to enter into this agreement that marks the beginning of our collaboration with Plug, a leader in electrolysis technology that shares our vision for the role of hydrogen in accelerating a clean and secure energy transition around the world.

“Amid an increasingly favourable US policy environment for hydrogen, we are focused on scalable solutions that have a real impact on decarbonisation and believe we are uniquely positioned to be an early mover in this vast and rapidly evolving market.”

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