KeyState Energy and CNX Resources, in partnership with Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), plan to bring a hydrogen facility to PIT to accelerate hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) development, according to a May 15 press release.

The facility can produce hydrogen solely, reaching up to 68,000 metric tons annually, or SAF solely, reaching up to 70 million gallons per year, the release said.

 A facility of the proposed size and scope would produce enough alternative fuel to supplant nearly all traditional jet fuel consumption at PIT at a price on par with conventional Jet A, the companies said.

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro said the state is the only one to secure two regional clean hydrogen hubs. He added that the further Pennsylvania builds out the hubs over the next several years, the more innovation, job creation and opportunities will hit the state.

 "We're proving that you don't have to choose between protecting the planet and protecting jobs – and the partnership between KeyState Energy, CNX Resources and Pittsburgh International Airport will create thousands of jobs and cut fuel costs for airlines, all while reducing pollution and making our communities safer and healthier,” Shapiro said.

 The companies said that the approximately $1.5 billion project could support 3,000 direct construction jobs through the development phase.

This initiative builds on CNX and PIT's previously announced alternative fuel strategy in 2022.