Earlier this year, Williams was awarded a $997,734 grant to develop a feasibility study with UW’s School of Energy Resources to evaluate water access and compatibility needed for hydrogen production. Williams plans to use excess energy produced by wind farms to produce hydrogen which can then be blended and transported through existing natural gas pipelines.
“The ability to produce clean hydrogen and blend into our large existing system in southwest Wyoming is a significant advantage and has the potential to accelerate the use of hydrogen in reducing carbon emissions,” Williams stated.
Wyoming hopes to reach zero emissions while simultaneously continuing coal, oil and gas production. Many environmental groups, as well as the United Nations, support carbon capture as a critical measure to reduce atmospheric CO2. A bipartisan infrastructure bill is moving through the House and includes billions of dollars to capture carbon emissions, the largest-ever federal investment in such technology.
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The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that primary energy production grew 40% from 2009-2019 made possible through advancements in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling making previously inaccessible crude oil and natural gas more economical in the U.S. Wyoming accounts for over 100, 000 barrels of oil produced in 2019.
The sales planned for early 2022 will offer parcels that had been scheduled to be offered earlier this year before the Biden administration ordered a pause on new oil and gas leases during Biden’s first week in office.
A July report from the Council on Environmental Quality said that a CCS industry large enough to help meet the country’s goal of “net-zero” emissions by 2050 could require 68,000 miles of new CO2 pipelines. The oil and gas pipeline industry could find immense business opportunity in building out the nation’s CO2 pipeline network which currently is the largest in the world at about 5,150 miles of infrastructure.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck published an article providing general information and recent opportunities emerging to make CCUS a meaningful climate change solution. The article shines a light on how Wyoming has favorable CCUS laws including permitting procedures and requirements for CCUS sites as well as certification of CO2 intentionally stored during enhanced oil recovery (EOR) operations. The article also mentions Wyoming’s CO2 transportation infrastructure and the Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative (WPCI) establishing corridors on public lands designed to lower upfront costs and encourage regulatory stability.
By providing vital assistance in the form of relevant technology, key information, technical expertise and knowledge, the EORI has proven to be an important asset. Take a look at how EORI serves Wyoming’s energy industry and adds value to the state.