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Air Products-The AES Corporation Plan Wilbarger County, Texas, Green Hydrogen Plant

12/12/2022
Air Products and The AES Corporation will establish a mega-scale green hydrogen joint venture in Wilbarger County, Texas. The $4 billion project is expected to create 115 jobs.

The new plant, which will be the largest green hydrogen facility in the U.S., is scheduled to begin commercial operations in 2027 and will primarily serve mobility and other industrial markets, according to state officials.

"We are very pleased to extend our hydrogen leadership and our extensive operations in Texas and announce this exciting joint venture with AES for a new green hydrogen production facility, which will be competitive on a global scale while bringing significant tax, job and energy security benefits to Texas," said Air Products Chairman, President, and CEO Seifi Ghasemi. "This new facility will be, by far, the largest, fully integrated green hydrogen production facility in the country, using wind and sun energy to produce clean hydrogen for U.S. customers. We are very appreciative of the support of Governor Abbott and state and local officials in the development of this project."

The power to operate the facility will entail over 1 gigawatt of renewable energy and electrolyzer capacity capable of producing more than 200 metric tons per day (MT/D) of green hydrogen.

"This project will capitalize on AES’ strength in energy innovation and Texas’ abundant renewables resources to extend Texas’ leadership position in the energy sector," noted AES President and CEO Andrés Gluski. "We are very pleased to be partnering with Governor Abbott, the State of Texas, and the communities, officials and citizens of Wilbarger County to bring this important project to fruition. We are also pleased to be working alongside Air Products, the world leader in hydrogen production, for this first of its kind mega-scale green hydrogen facility in the U.S."

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. is an American international corporation whose principal business is selling gases and chemicals for industrial uses.

"With the announcement of this groundbreaking facility by Air Products and AES, the State of Texas will extend its leadership in U.S. energy production and help meet our country’s energy needs for decades to come," added Governor Greg Abbott. "This project will not only bring hundreds of jobs and millions in revenue to the Lone Star State, but will also expand our state's robust energy sector and further solidify Texas as a global powerhouse in this critical industry. I thank Air Products and AES for choosing Texas, and I look forward to working alongside the two companies and local leaders as we keep Texas a global energy leader."

The AES Corporation is an American utility and power generation company. AES owns and operates power plants, which it uses to generate and sell electricity to end users and intermediaries like utilities and industrial facilities.

"The Air Products/AES hydrogen project is a game changer for Wilbarger County," said Business Development Corporation of Vernon Member Rick Hardcastle. "We welcome this project and the significant new jobs to be created during construction and beyond. With this project, we’re entering an exciting next chapter."v

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