Chevron to offer H2 refuelling first in California
Chevron and Iwatani have announced an agreement to develop and construct 30 hydrogen fueling sites in California by 2026. The petrochemical company and longstanding hydrogen specialist firm also envision serving heavier fuel cell trucks in the future.
However, first, the new hydrogen sites will fuel light-duty vehicles at Chevron retail locations across the state. Accordingly, Chevron signs responsible to fund the construction at the locations. Japan’s Iwantani will deliver the hardware.
What is more, Iwatani will also operate and maintain the hydrogen fueling sites and supply hydrogen and logistics services. However, Chevron also plans to provide some sites with excess hydrogen from its Richmond Refinery and future H2 production from pilot projects in Northern California. The latter remain unspecified as were more precise locations or schedules.
“We are excited to work with Iwatani to advance the entire hydrogen transportation value chain from production to consumer purchase to help our customers lower their lifecycle transportation carbon intensities,” commented Andy Walz, president of Americas Fuels & Lubricants for Chevron.
Joseph S. Cappello, chairman and CEO of Iwatani Corporation of America, echoed that together they would establish “one of the most robust, vertically integrated supply and infrastructure ecosystems in California and is a model that can be replicated to other markets.”
Chevron produces crude oil and natural gas alongside transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and additives.
Iwantani has been active in the hydrogen industry since 1941 and claims to be Japan’s sole fully integrated supplier of hydrogen. The company presently supplies a range of light and heavy-duty hydrogen refuelling stations. Hydrogen comes from five liquid and ten gaseous hydrogen production plants.
In the US, Iwatani operates as Iwatani Corporation of America (ICA), with bases in Texas and California. The vertically integrated hydrogen business Cappello mentioned above includes hydrogen supply, distribution and logistics services and services to hydrogen refuelling station owners such as Chevron. ICA also owns and operates a growing network of Iwatani-branded hydrogen stations in California.