U.S. electric company Entergy announced it is planning to build a power plant in Texas capable of burning a combination of natural gas and hydrogen.
Entergy did not disclose financial details.
Entergy said its 1,215-megawatt (MW) Orange County plant will be located near Bridge City, which is close to the Gulf Coast near the Texas-Louisiana border.
Hydrogen, which produces no carbon dioxide emissions, is used by a number of Entergy’s large industrial customers and can be stored nearby in facilities like Entergy Texas’s Spindletop storage facility.
Construction of the plant will provide more than 7,000 direct jobs and nearly $1.8 billion in economic activity to the regional economy. Once operating, it will provide about 27 direct jobs and be capable of producing enough power for more than 230,000 homes.
Entergy said it intends to seek approval to build the plant from the Public Utility Commission of Texas. If the PUC approves the application, Entergy will start construction in the second quarter of 2023 with the plant expected to enter service by the summer of 2026.