Norway’s Equinor has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ohio-based technology firm Battelle to develop a low-carbon industrial region in the US Appalachian basin.

Focused in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the two companies will collaborate on carbon capture and storage opportunities in the region.

“The Appalachian basin is an important energy-producing region that also shows great promise in being a leader for the decarbonisation of American industry,” Equinor US country manager Chris Golden said.

Equinor has already stepped into Appalachia via an MoU with US Steel to explore hydrogen production and carbon capture opportunities in the area.

Battelle has more than 100 projects in carbon capture around the world and is the largest independent research and development company.

Equinor’s US onshore portfolio is focused on producing natural gas and natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica formations in the Appalachian basins, amounting to around 260,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

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