Williams announced progress on its clean hydrogen commercialization strategy with a recently signed MoU with Daroga Power.
Williams and Daroga are working to identify long-term, end-use customers for clean hydrogen and offtake options for environmental attributes generated by hydrogen production in Wyoming. Deliveries of hydrogen could begin as soon as 2025.
Williams plans to leverage its nationwide assets to blend, store and transport clean hydrogen to local and regional markets, including the Pacific Northwest, via the company’s 4,000-mile bi-directional Northwest Pipeline transmission system that passes through Wyoming.
Williams is currently working with the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources to evaluate hydrogen production and the impacts of hydrogen blending on existing energy infrastructure in Wyoming. The research, funded by a grant from the Wyoming Energy Authority, is expected to be complete in 2023.
Wyoming belongs to a four-state pact to become one of several regional clean energy hydrogen hubs designated through the federal Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Western Interstate Hydrogen Hub, known as WISHH, is an example of interstate and bipartisan cooperation to advance innovative solutions for the country’s energy future.
Beyond Wyoming, Williams has joined several recently launched industry-led regional alliances, including Appalachian Energy Future (AEF) and Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub, or Arch2. Williams is also engaged with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
Chad Zamarin, SVP for Corporate Strategic Development at Williams, said, “This partnership with Daroga Power could lead to the commercial certainty required to enable the first major phase of hydrogen-based energy transportation and storage in Wyoming.”
David Matt, Co-founder of Daroga Power, commented, “Hydrogen offers a flexible, clean and immediate solution to help achieve decarbonization goals that will benefit Daroga’s and Williams customers.”