The Australian company will be provided with the engineering and fabrication of two 30 tonne per day liquefaction units from Air Liquide, which will liquefy hydrogen produced through electrolysis in preparation for storage, loading and transportation to customers.
The proposed site in Ardmore, Oklahoma, is strategically located near national highways and the supply chain infrastructure of major transport companies, along with being in an area suited for hydrogen production with water and renewable energy availability.
Woodside Energy will use these resources to produce liquid hydrogen for hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial and heavy transport vehicles.
Meg O’Neill, CEO of Woodside Energy, said, “The signing of the contract for liquefaction equipment is another important step forward in advancing H2OK, which would be our first producing hydrogen facility globally.
“Our customers are increasingly seeking our low-cost, lower-carbon sources of energy, such as hydrogen and ammonia. H2OK would produce hydrogen for use as a fuel for commercial and heavy transport, supporting customers chosen decarbonisation pathways.”
The awarding of the contract follows Woodside’s selection of Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser AS to design and develop alkaline electrolyser equipment for H2OK.
Nel entered a contract valued at NOK 600m (€57.9m) which will supply equipment for the first phase of H2OK, planned to boast 290MW of electrolyser capacity, with plans to be expanded up to 550MW, producing 180 tonnes of hydrogen per day.
Woodside is also working on projects in its own country, such as H2Perth, which is planned to be a ‘state-of-the-art’ hydrogen and ammonia production facility in southern metropolitan Perth.
The facility will aim to produce up to 15,000 tonnes per day of hydrogen to be used in the transport sector and heavy industry, with construction anticipated to start in 2024.
The hydrogen produced is expected to be exported in the form of ammonia and liquid hydrogen.
Woodside is targeting a final investment decision (FID) for H2OK in 2023, subject to the necessary approvals and appropriate commercial arrangements being finalised.
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