Officials in Vigo County say they are excited for a planned clean hydrogen project in West Terre Haute, according to our partners at WTHI-TV. This week, Wabash Valley Resources LLC announced a $50 million investment from Phoenix-based Nikola Corp. (Nasdaq: NKLA) into the project, which will convert solid waste byproducts into clean hydrogen for transportation fuel and electricity generation.
Vigo County Commissioner Chris Switzer tells WTHI he was “thrilled” about the news of the project, which he says will bring more than just cleaner air to the community.
“Vigo County is super excited for a company like Wabash Valley Resources, already based in Vigo County, to partner with a company with a stature of Nikola. And a $50 million investment into our community is amazing,” Switzer said. “Nikola is huge, and their investment shows that they want to put us on the map. So, having Vigo County as a representative of Nikola that’s a global trading company, it’s an amazing thing.”
The project, which is slated to begin construction early next year, is expected to create 125 full-time jobs and 750 construction jobs.
When complete, WVR says the facility will have the ability to produce up to 336 tons of hydrogen per day, which would be enough to generate about 285 megawatts of clean electricity.