Bakken Energy LLC and Mitsubishi Power Americas Inc. (Mitsubishi Power) have signed a strategic partnership agreement to create a hydrogen hub in North Dakota. This hub will be composed of facilities that produce, store, transport, and consume hydrogen. It will be connected by pipeline to other hydrogen hubs being developed throughout North America. The hub in North Dakota will focus on blue hydrogen production. Blue hydrogen is derived from natural gas with the carbon dioxide emissions captured and sequestered.
Bakken Energy, supported by Mitsubishi Power, is currently working with Basin Electric Power Cooperative and its subsidiary Dakota Gasification Company on the potential acquisition and redevelopment of the Great Plains Synfuels Plant located near Beulah, North Dakota. The redevelopment would make the facility the largest producer of clean hydrogen in North America. The project is in due diligence, and specific details are confidential until that phase is complete.
“Blue hydrogen represents a huge opportunity for synergies with our existing energy development, and these are exactly the innovative strategies that will bring North Dakota one step closer to being carbon neutral by 2030 with an all-of-the-above energy approach,” said North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum. “We’re grateful that these companies are leading the way to making this the next big industry in North Dakota. The state is committed to supporting the development of exciting value-added projects like this to create jobs, diversify our economy and strengthen US energy security.”
“We’ve recently announced green hydrogen agreements supported by the Governors of Utah and California, and the City of Los Angeles, and now we’re announcing a blue hydrogen hub with the support of the Governor of North Dakota,” said Paul Browning, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Power Americas. “This is part of our strategy to bring decarbonized hydrogen throughout North America to customers in the power, transportation, and industrial sectors.”