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Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative Announces Major Step Forward for Reindustrialization Project, Job Growth Efforts in the Ohio Valley

Following More than a Decade of Work and Collaboration, Agreement with Newpoint Gas Marks Milestone in Green Energy and Manufacturing Initiative


PIKETON, OH – In a significant step forward for a major reindustrialization project that aims to reinvigorate manufacturing and the economy in the Ohio Valley and Central Appalachia, the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI) today announced that Newpoint Gas, LLC has signed a Letter of Intent for option and right of first refusal to purchase land where the project will be located.

The project – the reindustrialization of the former Portsmouth Diffusion Plant (PORTS) facility near Piketon, Ohio – will be the foundation of the Ohio Valley “Green Energy and Manufacturing” Initiative (GEM). GEM is a bipartisan, labor-focused, functioning public-private partnership that is the result of a 12-year effort to establish a transformational economic development strategy coordinated under the leadership of SODI and Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service.

“The Ohio Valley Green Energy Manufacturing Initiative represents a unique, generational opportunity to reinvigorate communities that have been left behind as energy production and manufacturing shifted over the last several decades. The agreement with Newpoint Gas is a monumental step toward realizing that reality,” said Steve Shepherd, Executive Director of SODI. “By reindustrializing the former PORTS facility, we will be a nation-leading example – right here in Southern Ohio – of transforming a federal liability into a taxpayer asset that increases economic stability in struggling areas.”

The reindustrialization will transform the former PORTS facility into a power generation facility fueled by clean hydrogen, which will facilitate an Integrated Energy System and Manufacturing complex. The complex will create an “all of the above” energy strategy for decarbonizing power generation, manufacturing, and transportation to create high-paying union jobs while combating the climate crisis in the clean energy economy.

“The reindustrialization of the PORTS facility not only presents enormous opportunity for industry, but also has the chance to be the single most impactful driver of economic growth and stability in this region in a generation,” said Wiley Rhodes, CEO of Newpoint Gas. “We are grateful for the opportunity to be involved in a project that has successfully and thoughtfully brought together such a wide array of interests, from SODI and Ohio University to organized labor and private industry.”

Based on their work in the production of clean hydrogen and power generation, Newpoint Gas was introduced to the project in 2020 and is now the GEM private anchor partner. In addition to Newpoint Gas, SODI, and Ohio University, the partnership also includes organized labor leaders in Ohio and other organizations in support of the reindustrialization effort.

“Ohio University is proud to be a leader in this transformational effort and to show what is possible when academia comes together with private industry, organized labor and public interests to improve the communities in our region,” said Stephanie Howe, Director of Energy Programs at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service. “The resources provided by the DOE Office of Environmental Management and Ohio University have been vital to this effort for more than a decade. We collaborate with stakeholders and partners to engage in a data driven process to form and launch the Ohio Valley GEM project. GEM will create endurable jobs in the new energy and sustainable manufacturing economy for the region for decades to come.”

“Organized labor has been working closely with industry and community leaders with the goal of creating good-paying union jobs for workers in the region,” said Tim Burga, President of the Ohio AFL-CIO. “As this venture moves forward, we will call for government support to ensure this project is transformative in a part of our state that has all too often been left behind.”

In addition to the reindustrialization of the former PORTS facility, GEM’s longer-term efforts are further enhanced by the availability of deactivated coal fired power plants and other industrial facilities in the region, which can serve as ‘satellite spokes’ to the core complex by converting such facilities to generate and supply sustainable fuel options from biomass and raw materials for manufacturing. By design, the concept extends job creation in the region, further develops low-carbon technologies and fuels, and sustainable manufacturing compounding the positive social, economic, and environmental impact in the heart of Appalachia.
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The Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI) is a nonprofit, community improvement corporation and serves as the DOE-designated community reuse organization for the PORTS facility. SODI’s mission is to improve the quality of life for citizens of Jackson, Pike, Ross, and Scioto Counties through economic
diversification, development of underutilized land and facilities on the PORTS facility site, and continued support of local industry. SODI is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of appointed local elected officials and members of the community with members representing business and government leaders from the four-county region.

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$600M project puts NM town at center of hydrogen debate

Escalante

A parade of state officials, including Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, have toured the coal-fired Escalante Generating Station near Grants since last summer to learn first-hand about industry plans to convert the facility into a hydrogen-based power plant.

The $600 million effort could make Escalante the nation’s first successful coal-to-hydrogen conversion project, elevating New Mexico – and the tiny town of Prewitt where the plant is located – into a leadership role in hydrogen development in the U.S. and beyond.

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Tallgrass Energy Acquires 75 Percent Membership Interest in Escalante H2 Power

Escalante Power Project to Convert Coal-fired Power Plant to Clean Hydrogen

Leawood, Kan., Aug. 9, 2021 – Tallgrass Energy, LP announced today that it has closed on the purchase of a 75 percent membership interest in Escalante H2 Power (EH2 Power). EH2 Power is developing a first-of-its-kind hydrogen-to-power project at Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.’s Escalante Generating Station near Prewitt, New Mexico, by converting the retired coal-fired power plant into a clean hydrogen-fired power generating facility.

“Our acquisition of a 75 percent membership interest in EH2 Power further advances our overall hydrogen development and clean energy infrastructure strategy,” said Tallgrass CEO William R. Moler. “We believe the Escalante Station is uniquely positioned to be a proving ground for hydrogen-to-power in the U.S. We look forward to working with Tri-State, Newpoint, the local community, and stakeholders throughout New Mexico on this exciting project.”

Tallgrass acquired its membership interest in EH2 Power from Denver-based Brooks Energy Company. The ownership of Newpoint Gas, LLC will retain a 25 percent membership interest in EH2 Power and continue to partner with Tallgrass in EH2’s development of the hydrogen conversion project at the Escalante Station.

“This marks another step forward for New Mexico’s push into a thriving clean energy future, one that builds new opportunities for communities transitioning toward new horizons,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “New Mexico has what it takes to become an international hydrogen hub, furthering our decarbonization and climate efforts while creating quality jobs for New Mexicans.” “The EH2 Power team has brought tremendous vision and drive to the conversion project, and the State of New Mexico’s leadership in clean hydrogen innovation is exciting for development at Escalante and across the state,” said Dwayne Phillips, Vice President – Hydrogen for Tallgrass. “We are very appreciative of the Brooks Energy team, and we look forward to working with our partners at Newpoint to build on the successes they have achieved with Brooks.”

“We look forward to working with the Tallgrass team on transforming Escalante into a clean hydrogen hub,” said Wiley Rhodes, CEO of Newpoint Gas, LLC. “Building on Newpoint’s work, Tallgrass brings strong technical expertise to the project. Of equal importance, Newpoint and Tallgrass share the goal of advancing next-generation hydrogen technologies and offering critical decarbonized energy solutions through the Escalante Station.”

For more information about Tallgrass, visit www.tallgrassenergy.com.

Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements Disclosures in this press release contain forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that management expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, forward-looking statements contained in this press release specifically include the successful conversion of the Escalante Station into a clean hydrogen-fired power generating facility and a hydrogen hub; the expected benefits of the conversion and from operating the Escalante Station as a proving ground for hydrogen-to-power technology; the timing of the completion of the conversion project; and the expected benefits from emerging energy technologies involving hydrogen and other decarbonized energy. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Tallgrass, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements, and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, including those set forth in reports and financial statements made available by Tallgrass. Any forward-looking statement applies only as of the date on which such statement is made, and Tallgrass does not intend to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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Clean energy project proposed for retired New Mexico coal-fired power plant

  • Technology collaboration to advance hydrogen as fuel to generate zero-emissions at source power, drive economic development and supply fresh water.
  • Escalante H2 Power signs a letter of intent to purchase Escalante Generating Station.

(4/16/2021 – McKinley County, N.M.) – Newpoint Gas, LLC, and Brooks Energy Company announce Escalante H2 Power, a technology collaboration that converts retired coal-fired power plants (CFPP) to use blue/green hydrogen as fuel with three precedent-setting results. In upcycling the retired generation station, Escalante H2 Power achieves (1) net zero emissions dispatchable power, (2) provides employment opportunities in cutting edge hydrogen energy technology and (3) includes the ability to supply commercial scale clean-fresh water, which is produced from the combustion of hydrogen.

Newpoint has entered into an agreement, which licenses its patent pending, operationally integrated, zero-emission modular design technology to Escalante H2 Power. The experienced team at Brooks has a deep understanding of the geological and engineering parameters necessary for carbon sequestration, which sets Escalante H2 Power ahead of other hydrogen production technology first movers.

“The Escalante Hydrogen Project is thoroughly designed with the goals to provide clean reliable power and an additional focus on empowering local New Mexico communities,” said Robert Price, president of Brooks Energy and cofounder of eH2Power. “With our experience in carbon sequestration and geology, we look forward to developing this project.”

Blue hydrogen, which is hydrogen derived from methane with the carbon sequestered, is proving its worth as a foundational, go-to hybrid energy source shortening the transition to an eventual green hydrogen economy as the technology advances. Newpoint’s blue/green hydrogen technology platform has the capacity to merge the low environmental impact of renewable power with the reliable dispatchable power generation of a fossil fueled power plant. This approach produces hydrogen that can be distributed to support the emerging hydrogen economy which includes zero emission trucks/cars (without batteries) and fuel cells.

“Recent events in Texas during extreme freezing weather provide a vivid reminder of the importance of non-stop dispatchable power in securing reliable electric service,” said Wiley Rhodes, CEO Newpoint Gas, LLC and cofounder of eH2Power. “We are excited to work with Tri-State, the team at the plant site, and our partners to convert Escalante Generating Station from 24/7 coal to 24/7 zero carbon emission dispatchable power.”

“The re-purpose of the Escalante Plant is exactly what needs to happen. There are many more years of useful life in the plant. I am very excited to see this new economic opportunity for our area and stand ready to support eH2 power with this transition,” said Patricia Lundstrom, executive director of the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation.

Escalante H2 Power has signed a letter of intent with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., to purchase their now retired 253 MW Escalante Generating Station in Prewitt, New Mexico. The Escalante Station is a well maintained and operated facility that is situated near gas transmission and a geology that supports large scale carbon sequestration.

“Since announcing the retirement of the Escalante Station, Tri-State has been working with impacted communities to support meaningful economic development opportunities,” said Tri-State CEO Duane Highley. “With the solid condition of the power plant, the potential sale for redevelopment utilizing innovative hydrogen technologies could advance the region’s clean energy transition, while providing local employment and economic development opportunities.”

This combination of factors make it perfectly situated to be the world’s first conversion from a large-scale CFPP to a large-scale blue/green hydrogen fired zero emission power plant. Newpoint’s process incorporates a steam methane reformer with hydrogen purification to separate the hydrogen and carbon dioxide pre-combustion. The carbon is sequestered underground and the pure hydrogen is used as fuel to produce steam and generate power.  With an eye to the future, Escalante H2 Power pioneers zero emission at source for industrial scale, 24/7 dispatchable base load power generation.

About Newpoint Gas, LLC: privately held multi-fuels processing, conversion and purification company. A design and build firm with two decades innovating operational zero emissions plant sites.

About Brooks Energy Company: privately held natural gas and helium exploration company which helps the U.S. achieve energy and critical natural resources independence.

About Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.: A wholesale power supply cooperative, operating on a not-for-profit basis, with 45 members, including 42 utility electric distribution cooperative and public power district members in four states that together deliver reliable, affordable and responsible power to more than a million electricity consumers across nearly 200,000 square miles of the West.

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For more information, visit www.eh2power.com

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New Innovations in Natural Gas from Newpoint

Water, Electricity and Hydrogen Production

April 16, 2019 07:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time OKLAHOMA CITY

Newpoint has taken unprecedented action to develop and integrate processes to produce clean water, electricity and a hydrogen energy source from zero-emissions natural gas technologies. Principles of the company are targeting an end to end system demonstration by the close of 2019.
This electric power generator and water production process converts zero-emission natural gas into hydrogen. In this challenging time of global water scarcity and increasing demand for energy, innovative technology utilizes the world’s abundant supply of responsibly produced and transported natural gas as a low-carbon energy source. Newpoint’s approach converts methane and other gaseous hydrocarbons into hydrogen. The carbon dioxide produced is sequestered and/or used in manufacturing which is why this hydrogen source is referred to as blue hydrogen. Newpoint is committed to the implementation of this sustainable technology on an economically and environmentally full system basis.

Technology Process
The first stage concentrates oxygen (O2) by separating nitrogen (N2) from atmospheric air through an Air Separation Unit (ASU). The nitrogen can also be sold as a byproduct. Concentrating the oxygen reduces the volume of exhaust gas that must be treated through later stages of the process. The purified oxygen is added to the natural gas stream and injected along with steam into a syngas reformer. The combination of oxygen and natural gas is converted to hydrogen (H2), carbon dioxide (CO2), and water vapor. Excess heat produced by the syngas reformer is utilized to generate power while the H2, CO2, and water vapor enter a hydrogen purification system.

The hydrogen purification unit separates the H2 from the CO2 and water. The CO2 is sent toa compressor and is ultimately sequestered and/or used in manufacturing. The purified hydrogen is sent to a power generator, combined with air to generate electricity. The H2 and air exhaust is cooled to approximately 100°F (38°C), condensing the water created from the combustion.

In addition to water production and electrical generation, Newpoint’s system is designed to supply an optional source of blue hydrogen that can be used as fuel for cars, trucks and other transport modes. This optional fuel source adds additional environmental value by eliminating emissions (CO2, VOCs, etc.) from vehicle transportation further contributing to a low-carbon economy.

“Newpoint’s focus since 2015 has been on the environmental and social impact of oil and gas.  We overcame challenges with inventive action in developing technologies for Zero Emission Oil & Gas production and Blue Hydrogen that target immediate change. Now our attention is on implementation,” states Newpoint’s founder and CEO Wiley Rhodes.

Benefits
• Eliminates carbon monoxide and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions;
• Produces purified water;
• Provides a zero-emission electrical power source;
• Creates a feasible hydrogen energy source;
• Reduces the cost of CO2 sequestration or reuse resulting from electrical power generation;
• Establishes a feasible hydrogen source to offset the investment required for the infrastructure to distribute hydrogen;
• As hydrogen is further integrated into a low-carbon economy, expansion of the infrastructure can further utilize this environmentally friendly fuel source;
• Green hydrogen which is derived from water using 100% renewable energy, will begin production, at scale, when an economical process is developed. The blue hydrogen infrastructure can be utilized in the future by transporting both hydrogen products.

Conclusion
Water, electricity, and hydrogen are produced while contributing to a low-carbon economy. As the scarcity of clean water rises with the demand for earth-friendly energy sources, Newpoint’s precedent-setting innovations will be scaled to meet demand.

Source: Newpoint Gas, LLC in cooperation with The One Step In Foundation
www.newpointgas.com

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175 MMscfd West African Hydrocarbon Dewpoint Reduction and Metering Station

Newpoint designed and manufactured a 175 MMscfd JT plant and meter station for West Africa.  This plant went to a remote site in the Nigerian Delta.  The plant was built using Standard Module Engineering and was shipped entirely in shipping containers.  This allowed the equipment to be stored on site without concerns of degradation due to weather etc.  The plant was assembled in 3 weeks due to the unique design that allowed some of the equipment to stay in shipping containers during operation.

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Delaware Basin Cryo Plant, Loving County Texas

Newpoint Stabilizer 500 Bblday

The strength of our relationship with the producer started several years earlier and built on supporting the company with operational and engineering support. The areas covered included West and South Texas, Eastern New Mexico, and Louisiana.   With the success of the company’s drilling program in the Permian Basin, our duties grew to include a 35 MMscfd cryo plant.   We acted as owner’s engineers evaluating pipeline capacity, field vs plant compression, field dehydration, process simulations, PHA (Process Hazard Analysis), site selection, cryo plant supplier selection, and project management.   We also designed and manufactured a direct fired 550 bbl/day condensate stabilizer providing 9 RVP product.  Under Newpoint’s supervision, we completed the project in Loving County, Texas on time and on budget.

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350 GPM Amine Plant

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A new 350 gpm amine plant and hot oil system was delivered to NW Oklahoma.  The planted is treating 120 MMscfd from 1.15 mol% carbon dioxide to the less than 50 ppmv.  Utilizing modular design, the interconnecting piping was installed in 1.5 days with a two person crew.

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Kickoff 2017

Newpoint Gas, LLC, an Oklahoma limited liability company unites the expertise gained in the well flow back operation and the process heating business back to the oil and gas industry.  Formed in 2017 this partnership reunites the principals of the original Newpoint created in 2002.  This website contains information about past projects executed by the principals of Newpoint as well projects completed in the new company.