Adams Fork Energy, CNX Resources, and other partners revealed that a multibillion-dollar clean ammonia production project is progressing in Mingo County, West Virginia, with anticipated construction starting in 2024.
The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and Adams Fork Energy jointly developed the clean ammonia project, which is planned to have an initial annual ammonia production capacity of 2,160,000 metric tonnes with the option of increasing production capacity. To supply fuel and carbon sequestration services, project developers have partnered with CNX, one of the least carbon-intensive natural gas producers in the lowest emissions basin in the United States.
The planned facility is also situated on a former coal mine site next to Gilbert Creek, West Virginia, which further aligns the project with the Justice40 Initiative of the White House.
The Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub’s (ARCH2) application to the U.S. Department of Energy includes Adams Fork as an anchor project. The Northern Appalachian area, which includes West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky, is served by ARCH2, a regional hub that brings together private enterprise, state and local government, academic and technological institutions, NGOs, and community organisations. Due to its unique access to a plentiful supply of inexpensive natural gas feedstock, end-user demand, manpower and technological capabilities, and potential for carbon sequestration, the region is the ideal place for a clean hydrogen centre.
Bipartisan support from the federal, state, and municipal governments has been crucial for Adams Fork, which is predicted to replace more than 580,000 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles annually or 2.7 million metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent.
Adams Fork Energy will have an ultra-low carbon intensity profile thanks to the use of local, low carbon intensity Appalachian natural gas as feedstock and the installation of carbon capture technology.