U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined Adams Fork Energy, LLC, CNX, Resources Corp., and others to announce that a multi-billion-dollar clean ammonia production facility is advancing in Mingo County, West Virginia, with anticipated construction beginning in 2023. The project is made possible by programs created in Chairman Manchin's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act to support the production and use of hydrogen in West Virginia and throughout the United States.
The project is expected to support 2,000 well-paying construction jobs, including pipefitters and electrical workers, as well as generate significant tax revenues and capital investment for underserved Mingo County in Southern West Virginia. The planned facility is also located on a reclaimed coal mining site near Gilbert Creek, WV.
The Adams Fork Energy clean ammonia project is expected to have initial annual ammonia production capacity of 2,160,000 metric tons, with optional additional production capacity. Project developers have entered into a strategic partnership with CNX to provide fuel and carbon sequestration services.
Adams Fork is an anchor project in the Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub's (ARCH2) application to the U.S. Department of Energy. Chairman Manchin has been working to locate a hydrogen hub in West Virginia.
"The Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continue to deliver for West Virginia. Today's announcement of plans for a clean ammonia production facility in Mingo County will help ensure the Mountain State continues to be a leader in American energy innovation and support good paying, West Virginia energy jobs. This project, planned for a reclaimed coal mining site near Gilbert Creek, honors our legacy as America's energy powerhouse while keeping an eye on the future as we work to bring the Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub to West Virginia. I applaud the cooperation it took to bring this project to Mingo County and look forward to seeing the benefits it brings to the community, economy, and our energy security," said Chairman Manchin.
"Since I've been Governor, it has been my top priority to ensure Southern West Virginia has the resources to grow economically, and that is why this announcement brings me so much joy," West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said. "I'm incredibly proud that the Adams Fork Energy plant will become the largest clean ammonia facility in the country. I'm confident they will be a champion in this emerging field and help our Southern West Virginia communities flourish for decades to come. It's a testament to the great things that can be accomplished when we all work together to build a brighter future for all West Virginians, while never forgetting our hard-working coal miners and the hard work they do every day."
"Adams Fork Energy is a transformational manufacturing investment for Southern West Virginia," said Francis Sacr, Special Advisor to the President of Adams Fork Energy. "Thanks to leadership in Washington through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, we're excited to advance our clean ammonia production facility that will create family-sustaining local jobs while boosting available supply of clean ammonia, a critical component to sustainable food production and achieving a lower-carbon energy future."
CNX President and CEO Nick Deiuliis said, "This project is accelerating America's lower carbon energy and manufacturing future in the heart of Appalachia. Similar to our other regional projects, CNX's unique combination of assets, innovative technologies, and proven operational expertise make us the premier energy and tech company driving the Basin's lower emission future. We're excited to work alongside these like-minded partners to advance shared goals of improving lives in local communities, generating clean, Appalachian-sourced energy, all while forging a stronger, more sustainable Appalachian region for all its citizens."
President Anthony Reider of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe stated, "The advancement of this project benefits the tribe economically, and the use of innovative technology presents a viable source of domestic energy independence for the United States. The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is excited about this project and is confident that it will be a huge component of the clean energy economy. Our participation will present unique opportunities for federal funding for the project and the Tribe will benefit from educational opportunities afforded by the project's sponsors to our Tribal members."
Henrik Rasmussen, Managing Director, the Americas, for Haldor Topsoe Inc. said, "We are excited that TransGas has selected Topsoe's industry leading SynCOR clean ammonia technology for this mega scale blue ammonia plant in West Virginia. This project will be an important part of the energy transition with a CO2 capture of more than 99%. The plant will produce 6,000 Metric tons per day of decarbonized clean ammonia in the first phase."