Bismarck, N.D. – According to the state officials, the project is reportedly involving collaboration among the states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin.

State officials also said that Governors of the four states signed a memorandum of understanding in October 2022 to develop a regional clean hydrogen hub to help meet the nation’s clean energy, transportation and agricultural needs.

The Heartland Hydrogen Hub will produce low-carbon hydrogen, decarbonize regional supply chains and create clean energy jobs across the states.

The University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), Marathon Petroleum Corp., TC Energy and Xcel Energy are leading development of the Heartland Hydrogen Hub.

Marathon and TC Energy also are engaged with the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation and Sumitomo Corp. of Americas to participate.

Burgum signed an MOU with the president and CEO of Sumitomo Corp. during a trade and investment mission to Japan last year.

With the Heartland Hydrogen Hub, a variety of projects will produce clean hydrogen for delivery to multiple markets including industrial operations, fertilizer production, and natural gas blending for power generation and distribution, while reducing carbon emissions from multiple sectors by up to 1 million metric tons per year, according to EERC.