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Adding of Hydrogen to the Clean Air Strategy

Williams is leveraging its existing pipeline network to bring clean hydrogen to market.

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 Investing Millions to Promote Carbon Capture

Wyoming has invested millions of dollars in projects to capture, transport and store CO2 as a solution to keep Wyoming’s economy going while avoiding catastrophic impacts from climate change legislation.

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.

Carbon Storage Newsletter

The Department of Energy (DOE), the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) release August’s 2021 Carbon Storage Newsletter (CSN) and summarizes public and private sector carbon storage news from around the world.

The Carbon Storage Newsletter provides information on recent activities and publications related to carbon storage. It covers domestic, international, public sector and private sector news in areas such as: DOE/NETL Highlights, announcements, project and business developments, legislation and policy, emissions trading, science and publications.

Wyoming Primary Energy Producing State

Wyoming is among the top six energy producing states accounting for 55% of all the primary energy produced in the U.S.

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.

Millions of Acres open for Oil and Gas Exploration

The U.S. Interior Department will evaluate more than 700,000 acres of land for potential auction of which most, 560,000 acres, is in Wyoming.

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. 

Pipelines are a Link in CCS Systems

Pipelines are a fundamental aspect of carbon capture and storage (CCS) systems by transporting CO2 from industrial flues to reservoirs to help meet mid-century net-zero emission goals.

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.

Wyoming – Leading on CCUS

Wyoming is highlighted as a good example of how states can play a leading role in overcoming obstacles associated with carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS)

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.

Wyoming’s Experts in Oil and Gas Exploration

The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute serves Wyoming by working with oil & gas operators to improve exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons in the state, thereby securing employment and increasing the state’s revenue.

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.