The city of Ardmore, Okla., is a familiar pit stop for drivers making their way along I-35 to or from Dallas and Okla. City. Like many isolated pockets in the state, Ardmore’s population is small coming in a nose-hair shy of 25,000. It’s the uncredited birthplace of honkytonk music, counts Michelin as its largest employer, and lays claim to one of the nation’s most oil-rich basins—the Ardmore Woodford. ExxonMobil is the dominant producer here and the local Valero refinery turns out 2 million gallons of gasoline a day. Sounds like the perfect place for a hydrogen producer from down under to set up shop, right? Reese Energy Consulting today is following the latest news from Australia’s largest energy producer Woodside, which has chosen Ardmore to build Project H2OK—a 290MW facility to produce up to 90 tons of liquid hydrogen a day with a future expansion of up to 550MW and 180 tons. The location is a strategic one given Ardmore’s proximity to interstates, supply chain and transportation infrastructure, and growing demand for low-carbon fuels by heavy industry, warehouses, and data centers. But Ardmore also is a thriving distribution hub for the likes of Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Best Buy. Woodside expects an FID on H2OK next year and first hydrogen production in 2025.
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Woodside Energy Ltd.
Woodside Energy Ltd is an Australian petroleum exploration and production company. Woodside is the operator of oil and gas production in Australia and also Australia’s largest independent dedicated oil and gas company.