THP-E186: The Safe Hydrogen Project Sets The Standard And Exxon Building World’s Largest Low Carbon Hydrogen Facility

February 02, 2023 • Paul Rodden • Season: 2023 • Episode: 186

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In episode 186, Compressed Gas Association announces their hydrogen safety initiative. And Exxon Mobil announces their feed contract for their Baytown, hydrogen Leviathan. All of this on today’s hydrogen podcast.

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Compressed Gas Association announces their hydrogen safety initiative. And Exxon Mobil announces their feed contract for their Baytown, hydrogen Leviathan. All of this on today’s hydrogen podcast.

So the big questions in the energy industry today are, how is hydrogen the primary driving force behind the evolution of energy? Where is capital being deployed for hydrogen projects globally? And where are the best investment opportunities for early adopters who recognize the importance of hydrogen? I will address the critical issues and give you the information you need to deploy capital. Those are the questions that will unlock the potential of hydrogen, and this podcast will give you the answers. My name is Paul Rodden, and welcome to the hydrogen podcast.

In a very important press release on January 26, the compressed gas Association announced the launch of its safe hydrogen project. Now this is an ambitious new safety initiative working to establish and promote industry wide standards for the production, transportation and storage of hydrogen and the safe operation of hydrogen systems. The compressed gas Association has been producing standards for hydrogen systems for 70 years, and their growing library of 30 plus standards addressed the safe operation for production of hydrogen, storing hydrogen, delivering and applying hydrogen as a fuel source. In a quote from Rich Gottwald, the President and CEO of CGA.

Today we’re on the cusp of one of the biggest transformations in history, the shift to a hydrogen economy, hydrogen is poised to drive everything from transportation to shipping, power generation and infrastructure. Two things are essential to making this vast new hydrogen energy network function, safety and interoperability and CGAS safe hydrogen project sits at the intersection of those two imperatives. He also continues to say our standards will help assure that each individual piece of the new hydrogen economy, from production to storage to delivery to application can work together as a safe, seamless, and interconnected network. He says our work is vital to making the hydrogen economy a reality. Now the safe hydrogen project will bring together CGAS expertise and vast knowledge of developing and publishing industry safety standards, with the most current and cutting edge information about hydrogen is being incorporated in the global energy mix. The high interest in innovation around hydrogen as a clean, carbon free energy source requires the accelerated focus and collaboration that the safe hydrogen project will bring.

Through this initiative. CGA aims to 1. empower the energy economy by increasing public awareness and understanding of hydrogen safety. 2. develop and implement safety standards for many parts of the hydrogen supply chain building on the 110 years of standard writing experience from the CGA and 3. promote collaboration and information sharing among industry stakeholders to ensure safe and responsible use of hydrogen. Again, in a quote from Gottwald. We believe that by working together, we can facilitate a safe and more viable energy source for the future. Our initiative will be open to participation from all industry stakeholders, including hydrogen producers, transporters, and users. Now at this announcement, CGA also invited all interested parties to join them in this important effort to promote hydrogen safety, and pave the way for a cleaner, more sustainable energy future. Okay, so I don’t think I’m going to exaggerate when I say that this announcement is one of the remaining critical pieces for the hydrogen industry to become a major reality. Over the last year, I have had several meetings with hydrogen producers, Natural Gas Producers, natural gas transporters, hydrogen transporters, and oilfield service providers about this very thing.

And I feel honored that the compressed gas Association has reached out to us to talk about this. And so really, what I’d like to do is kind of take a deep dive into those three points from their initiative. The first one, empower the energy economy by increasing public awareness and understanding of hydrogen safety. And it’s really no surprise that when you talk to the general public, and you mentioned hydrogen, one of the first things that anyone thinks about is the Hindenburg. Now, obviously, we all know that hydrogen is flammable, but that wasn’t what made the Hindenburg explode. The culprit for that was actually a coating that they put on the outer shell that was extremely flammable, and so the more awareness that the CGA can bring regarding public awareness and hydrogen safety is one of the if not the most important piece and getting public buy in for the hydrogen economy. And to their second point, developing and implementing safety standards for many parts of the hydrogen supply chain. And that’s building on the 110 years of standard writing experience that they have. And the good news on this is that they’re not starting from scratch. And as they say, on their press release, and on their website, they’ve been developing hydrogen standards for over 70 years. Now, the third point may be the one that I key in on the most. And that’s promoting collaboration and information sharing among industry stakeholders to ensure safe and responsible use of hydrogen. For so long energy systems and companies have been isolated from each other. And I think really, that just boiled out from Legacy prospecting practices, but times now are different, and collaboration and information sharing are going to be critical pieces of driving that hydrogen economy. Now there’s also something very important to note. This is not located just within the United States. The CGA has also partnered with groups around the globe to share and harmonize as they say hydrogen standards. Those partners include the Asia industrial gases Association, the European industrial gases Association, and the Japan industrial medical Gas Association. Now the Asia industrial gases Association or the AIGA was established by the leading industrial gases producers operating in Asian countries east of Pakistan, but excluding Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Now the European industrial gases Association or the EIGA is a safety and technically oriented organization representing the vast majority of European and number of non European companies producing and distributing industrial, medical and food gases. And lastly, the Japan industrial medical Gas Association, or the Jimga strives to improve and rationalize the production, distribution and use of industrial gas and medical gas in Japan.

Along with working toward securing safety and security. The organization strives to accomplish healthy development of the industrial and medical gas business. Now these groups together have set up a great website called And in that website, they have an amazing wealth of knowledge starting from production, to conditioning, storage, transport and applications. And so anyone that you know, or anyone that’s listening now, would like to get some deeper dive information on the hydrogen ecosystem, I highly recommend checking out that website or the CGAS hydrogen Safety Initiative website. And lastly, in a press release on January 30, Exxon Mobil awards FEED for world’s largest low carbon hydrogen facility. Exxon Mobil’s Baytowne low carbon hydrogen, ammonia and carbon capture facility is expected to produce 1 billion cubic feet of low carbon hydrogen per day, making it the largest low carbon hydrogen project in the world that plan startup in 2027, or 2028. More than 98% of the associated co2 produced by the facility, or around 7 million metric tons per year is expected to be captured and permanently stored. The carbon capture and storage network being developed for the project will be made available for use by third party co2 emitters in the area in support of their decarbonisation efforts, and a quote from Dan Ammann president of Exxon Mobil low carbon solutions. This product allows us to offer significant volumes of low carbon hydrogen and ammonia to third party customers in support of their decarbonisation efforts.

In addition, the project is expected to enable up to a 30% reduction in scope one and two emissions from their Baytown integrated complex. By switching from natural gas as a fuel source to low carbon hydrogen. Exxon Mobil will pair the world’s largest low carbon hydrogen facility with the largest olefins plant in the United States to deliver more sustainable lower emissions products for customers and society. Exxon Mobil has awarded the contract to Technip Energies, who will be responsible for the next stage of the front end engineering and design of the low carbon hydrogen project. Okay, well, I don’t know about you, but hearing the phrase 1 billion cubic feet of hydrogen per day makes my jaw drop. The absolute scope of this Baytown project is immense. And this announcement also showcases one of the reasons why I appreciate Exxon when they initiate a press release nine times out of 10 It involves one of their real world projects moving forward. And so the fact that this project is moving into the FEED stage very much highlights Exxon’s sincerity to make this place a reality. And I should also say congratulations to Technip Energies for being awarded the feed stage of this project. And I very much look forward to seeing how this project moves forward.

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