HCH2 and H2Hub merge for DOE hydrogen hub application

The Port of Corpus Christi’s Horizons Clean Hydrogen Hub (HCH2) and Trans Permian’s H2Hub will submit a single application through the US DOE Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs Programme, with the Port of Corpus Christi as the prime applicant.

Illustration / Courtesy of Port of Corpus Christi

The parties combined their hubs into a single application after the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Clean Energy Demonstration backed both projects to apply.

The Port is the prime applicant for the HCH2 and common denominator to dozens of discrete clean hydrogen production projects in the proposed hub. Other participants include approximately 30 private sector team members as owners, developers and/or operators, off-takers, and end users of various hydrogen value chain projects and supporting infrastructure.

Trans Permian’s H2Hub geography includes the Texas Permian Basin cities of San Antonio, San Angelo, Big Spring, Midland, Odessa, El Paso, Fort Stockton, Alpine, Presidio, and Del Rio.

The planned projects within the H2Hub include production and hydrogen derivatives from diverse feedstocks as well as mobility projects, including hydrogen fuel cell bus manufacturing, hydrogen refuelling stations, municipal transit projects, and freight mobility projects.

Jeff Pollack, Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer for the Port of Corpus Christi, said: “This consolidation is a very natural and strategic step for the Port of Corpus Christi, the region, and the nation.”

“West Texas has anchored domestic energy production for decades, with a physical and commercial connection to the Gulf Coast that is the backbone of the nation’s energy economy. Our integrated hub concept creates the roadmap for diversifying and decarbonising this historic corridor with the potential to deliver transformative benefits to communities in the Hub.”

MMEX Resources CEO Jack Hanks, the prime sponsor of Trans Permian, stated: “Our fully integrated hub represents two-thirds of the state of Texas and every link in the clean hydrogen value chain, from production to community end-use. Our capacity to advance federal decarbonisation objective and Justice40 Initiative objectives is profound.”

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