Frank Richards

Alaska’s state-owned gas corporation is pitching the U.S. Department of Energy for the state be designated for one of DOE’s “hydrogen hubs” authorized in the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by Congress in 2021. The concept, proposed November 7 by the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., requests $850 million in DOE funding that would be matched with $3.75 billion in private-sector funds that are backed by offtake agreements from hydrogen customers in the U.S. and Asia.

DOE envisions six to 10 hydrogen hubs in the U.S, supported by $7 billion in federal funds. Alaska’s proposal includes a rebuilding of a closed ammonia plant at Nikiski, near Kenai in south Alaska, as well as pipelines and injection facilities to sequester carbon dioxide in depleted gas reservoirs in Cook Inlet.

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