New Fortress Energy Inc. has entered an agreement with Plug Power Inc. for a 120 MW industrial-scale green hydrogen plant near Beaumont, Texas.
Expected to be one of the largest of its kind in North America, the facility will leverage Plug’s industry-leading proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis technology and enable the production of more than 50 tons per day (TPD) of green hydrogen. With the development of additional supporting infrastructure, the facility will be scalable to nearly 500 megawatts.
The green hydrogen project site is strategically located on the banks of the Neches River in Jefferson County, Texas, affording proximity to industrial end-users and access to reliable power and superior logistics, including rail, marine and existing pipelines that span the US Gulf Coast region.
The Port of Beaumont and the broader Sabine-Neches Navigation District are home to an array of large-scale industrial facilities in the refining, petrochemical and other sectors that utilize hydrogen for desulfurization and feedstock processing.
Wes Edens, Chairman and CEO of New Fortress Energy, said, “We are pleased to enter into this agreement that marks the beginning of our collaboration with Plug, a leader in electrolysis technology that shares our vision for the role of hydrogen in accelerating a clean and secure energy transition around the world.”
Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug, said, “We are thrilled to support NFE’s first investment in green hydrogen. This facility is a model that we intend to replicate in other locations across the country.”