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Ørsted A/S signed a memorandum of understanding with Williams Cos. Inc. to explore the viability of developing hydrogen or synthetic natural gas projects powered by renewable energy, also known as power-to-x projects.

Particularly, the companies will look into developing utility-scale wind projects, electrolysis, and synthetic gas-via-methanation co-development projects in western Wyoming where Williams owns natural gas facilities, according to a Sept. 22 news release from Ørsted.

Williams handles 30% of the natural gas used for electric generation, heating and industrial use in the U.S., and has set a near-term goal of a 56% absolute reduction from 2005 levels in companywide greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

To reach its goal, Williams is working on plans to develop a green hydrogen hub in southwest Wyoming and has already partnered with the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources for a feasibility study to assess water access and compatibility necessary for hydrogen production in the state.

[Selene Balasta]

More: Orsted, Williams to explore wind-powered hydrogen projects in Wyoming

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