Plans to produce low-carbon hydrogen, using natural gas and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), are gaining momentum in major producing states such as North Dakota and Texas.

Bakken Energy LLC on Monday agreed to acquire the Great Plains Synfuels Plant in Beulah, ND, as part of a larger plan to develop a more than $2 billion low-carbon hydrogen hub in the state. The Synfuels Plant is owned by Dakota Gasification Co., aka Dakota Gas, a subsidiary of Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

Bakken Energy agreed to purchase Dakota Gas and reconfigure the Synfuels Plant to produce low-carbon blue hydrogen using methane auto-thermal reforming (ATR) technology and CCUS.

Blue hydrogen refers to splitting hydrogen atoms from natural gas, either by ATR or steam methane...