Williams signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with New York-based developer Daroga Power to identify long-term clean hydrogen customers and offtake options for environmental attributes generated by hydrogen production in Wyoming, according to a press release on Oct. 18.
With its assets spread across the country, Tulsa-based Williams intends to blend, store and transport clean hydrogen to local markets. In the Pacific Northwest, the company plans to transport hydrogen by way of its bi-directional Northwest Pipeline transmission system spanning 4,000 miles through Wyoming.
Hydrogen deliveries are anticipated to begin as early as 2025.
"Hydrogen offers a flexible, clean and immediate solution to help achieve decarbonization goals that will benefit Daroga's and Williams customers," Daroga co-founder David Matt said in the release. "Daroga's unique development capabilities alongside Williams’ best-in-class infrastructure and operational experience is the ideal combination for providing consumers access to clean hydrogen.”
In addition to partnering with Daroga, Williams is also working with the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources to evaluate hydrogen production and the impacts of hydrogen blending on energy infrastructure in the state, funded by a Wyoming Energy Authority grant, the company stated.
The state of Wyoming is federally designated through the Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program to become on of several clean energy hydrogen hubs in the region as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
“The potential to blend hydrogen into our existing natural gas stream is a significant advantage to accelerate the use of hydrogen in reducing carbon emissions across many sectors and applications, particularly those most difficult to decarbonize," Williams senior vice president of corporate strategic development Chad Zamarin commented.
"Demand for clean energy is on the rise, and we expect the commercialization and cost-competitiveness of hydrogen to take hold as Inflation Reduction Act incentives seed market growth,” he added.
Outside of Wyoming and the Daroga partnership, Williams has also launched the Appalachian Energy Future and Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub alliances and has joined the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority alliance.
Additionally, the company is working toward potentially developing two hydrogen delivery projects in New York and New Jersey using existing infrastructure.
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