Woodside Energy Group has awarded Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser a contract to supply alkaline electrolyzer equipment for its proposed H2OK U.S. hydrogen project in Oklahoma, the companies said on Oct. 17.

Nel ASA's Nel Hydrogen Electrolyzer has received a 600 million Norwegian crown (US$56.50 million) purchase order from Woodside Energy, the Oslo-based company said.

"The signing of the alkaline electrolyzer contract is progress toward Woodside realizing its ambition to build a new energy business in the United States," Shaun Gregory, executive vice president new energy, said in a statement.

The natural gas producer's U.S. project, based in Ardmore in Oklahoma, is geared towards producing liquid hydrogen for use in long-haul vehicles.

The alkaline electrolyzer equipment would support phase 1 of the H2OK project, designed to produce 90 tonnes per day, the company said.

The electrolyzer stacks will be manufactured at Nel's factory in Heroya. Once completed, the electrolyzer plant will have nameplate capacity of about 64,000 kg per day of hydrogen, Woodside said.