Woodside kicks off design work for H2OK project

Rendered image of Woodside's hydrogen facility H2OK for the US (nel)
Rendered image of Woodside's hydrogen facility H2OK

Oil and gas giant Woodside has entered front-end engineering design (FEED) on a hydrogen project for the first time, awarding a contract in late December for FEED engineering services to Kellogg, Brown & Root LLC (KBR) for its proposed H2OK project in Oklahoma.

H2OK is a liquid hydrogen production facility proposed for the Westport Industrial Park in Ardmore. Phase 1 involves construction of an initial 290MW facility, producing up to 90 tonnes per day (tpd) of liquid hydrogen through electrolysis, targeting the heavy transport sector.

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The location offers the capacity for expansion up to 550MW and 180tpd. The FEED phase is a significant project development milestone, triggering a series of activities that further mature the project scope, cost and schedule to the level required to take a final investment decision.

Woodside is targeting a final investment decision on H2OK in the second half of 2022, and first liquid hydrogen production in 2025. Achieving these milestones is subject to all necessary approvals and appropriate commercial arrangements being finalised.

Woodside CEO Meg O’Neill said new energy projects like H2OK had the potential to create significant value for shareholders, as Woodside looks to diversity product offerings to customers in support of their decarbonisation goals.

“We are excited about the H2OK opportunity, given H2OK’s strategic location close to national highways and the supply chain infrastructure of major companies already looking for reliable, affordable and lower carbon sources of energy,” O’Neill said.

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“Coupled with our recently announced target to invest US$5 billion in new energy products and lower carbon services by 2030, this FEED entry supports Woodside’s strategy to thrive through the energy transition.”

H2OK FEED entry follows a series of recent announcements about Woodside’s expanding new energy interests in the US, including a memorandum of understanding with Hyzon Motors and a collaboration with renewable energy technology company Heliogen. Woodside is progressing additional opportunities aligned to growth markets in the US.

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