In 2022, we launched our Appalachia First Vision, which includes a strategy to drive further reductions in carbon intensity from natural gas—an already low-carbon intense energy source—through process innovation; through product innovation in vertically expanding markets; and by partnering on new products for the future. There is no limit to the possibilities that we see ahead of us and the benefits to the Appalachia region as we unlock the potential of natural gas as a catalyst fuel to a better future.
We established a New Technologies business unit that has unique opportunities as it develops proprietary technology for vertical and horizontal business growth that are rooted in the company’s extensive legacy asset base, intellectual assets, and innovative tradition. The business unit is focused in the arena of waste methane capture and abatement, as well as forging strategic partnerships for the use of low carbon intensity feedstocks and the creation of derivative products in transportation fuels and other markets.
CNX New Technologies is developing unique, proprietary technology for vertical and horizontal business growth. The business unit also focuses on forging strategic partnerships for the use of low carbon intensity feedstocks and creation of derivative products.
CNX has a rich history of using technology and innovation to continually transform itself into the clean energy supplier of choice in the Appalachian Basin.
1864: Company founded and began providing energy to support quality of life
1980: Pioneered capture/abatement of CBM/CMM
1988: Began extracting natural gas
2004: Acquired ownership in a renewable power-delivering plant
2008: First horizontal Marcellus well
2012: First horizontal Utica well
Established Appalachia as the lowest cost Basin in the US by pioneering extended reach and multi-well pad drilling & completion techniques
2018: Evolution electric frac
Stacked pay development
2020: Formed regulatory reporting group and appointed regulatory controller
Investment in emission reduction technology and advancement
2021: New Technologies group formed
2022: Transformative Pittsburgh Airport and Newlight Technologies agreements
Proprietary technology development and investments
Robust third-party methane abatement program and associated environmental attributes
CNX was a leader in bringing electric frac (e-frac) fleets to the region. The e-frac fleet helped reduce GHG and NOX emissions, and improved CNX’s operational performance and costs. CNX has a long track record of sustainability investments that achieve environmental and community benefits while reducing costs and improving operational efficiencies.
Pipeline pigging is a routine activity undertaken by upstream and midstream operators to optimize their day-to-day operations. However, every time pigging operations are conducted there is a potential for natural gas to be vented into the atmosphere. HydroPurge is a patent pending CNX technology that can eliminate all emissions from pigging operations. The prototype has been in operation for several months and has been successful at eliminating emissions resulting from pigging activity. CNX continues to refine the design of the HydroPurge from lessons learned during field trials.
Our proprietary HyrdoPurge technology in action
Combined with new technologies and derivative products, natural gas is the catalyst to a more sustainable future.
CNX and Appalachia fuel new industrial and manufacturing businesses through local natural gas derivatives. Natural gas helps fast-track the implementation of new technologies.
- Use proprietary technology to change manufacturing processes for the extraction and delivery of natural gas.
- Capture and convert GHG into sustainable products and applications.
- Supplant foreign oil and disrupt industry via CNG and LNG to transform hard-to-abate-sectors.
- Jump-start the local hydrogen economy.
“This strategy, one with the power to create new jobs and economic activity across regional disadvantaged communities, embodies the very definition of our Tangible, Impactful, Local philosophy.
At CNX, we have always been, and always will be, Appalachia first.” Nick DeIuliis
CNX President and CEO
CNX and Newlight will work together to capture waste methane from third-party industrial activity that would typically be vented to the atmosphere. CNX will gather, process, and deliver the methane through new and existing natural gas pipeline infrastructure, and Newlight will acquire contractual rights to a portion of the captured methane to support the production of Aircarbon, similar to how solar, wind, and renewable natural gas are delivered contractually through new and existing grid infrastructure. The agreement will enable the large-scale reduction of both carbon emissions and plastic pollution by using a captured greenhouse gas to make a naturally occurring material that replaces plastic. The strategic partnership, with CNX capturing methane gas to support Newlight’s manufacturing needs, is expected to result in several manufacturing facilities in the Appalachian region and advance critical decarbonization goals while boosting area economic activity, capital investment, and job growth. The initial 15-year contract aligns with CNX’s commercial and capital allocation strategies in the decarbonization space and further solidifies Newlight’s position as a leader in carbon capture technology.
CNX’s carbon negative methane will be sold to New Frontier Aerospace (NFA) at a premium to conventional natural gas reflecting its low carbon intensity value. Proceeds from this program will help expand CNX’s methane capture program and create more climate benefits in the future. The methane captured by CNX has a carbon intensity comparable to the environmental attributes from dairy manure-derived renewable natural gas—one of the lowest negative carbon intensity gas resources available. This agreement is a first step in moving from slow, subsonic jets that dump a billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere annually to a fleet of aircraft that are ten times faster with a net carbon negative fuel source. NFA’s advanced propulsion, materials, aerothermal, and autonomous flight technologies will enable safe and affordable high-speed travel for everyone while reducing the airline industry’s carbon impact to zero.
New Frontier Aerospace
CNX has announced a strategic partnership in a large-scale clean ammonia project in West Virginia. The project falls within the Justice40 Initiative area targeted by the Department of Energy for investments to bring the benefits of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act to underserved communities. The project could bring approximately 2,000 well-paying construction jobs and revenues to the region. When completed, this project is expected to be the largest and lowest-cost clean ammonia project in the world, with the lowest carbon intensity of any ammonia project globally. Clean ammonia is a critical component to sustainable food production as it is used in fertilizers and pesticides. Ammonia is also used in heating and power generation and manufacturing of a number of products, including plastics.
As an active participant in West Virginia’s pursuit of a regional hydrogen energy hub, CNX joined the Appalachian Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub (ARCH2) coalition in 2022. CNX brings local expertise, low-carbon technology capabilities, infrastructure, and carbon capture and storage (CCS) skill sets to the coalition, which is composed of energy producers, end-users, infrastructure developers and technological experts. CNX is prioritizing delivery of long-term energy and technology solutions for our region, and is already leading the tri-state area to a more sustainable future. We are excited about the opportunities a clean hydrogen hub will bring to Appalachia and are committed to creating Tangible and Impactful value for all stakeholders involved.
Next Chapter of Historic Partnership: Create a sustainable fuel hub utilizing locally sourced, lower-cost, lower-carbon intensity natural gas. CNX has developed technology to convert on-site dry natural gas into liquified natural gas, compressed natural gas & electricity, fueling depots for transit, cargo, military, and other business purposes.
- CNX partnered with the PIT on a project that will provide 100% of the airport’s electricity needs via an innovative, on-site microgrid.
- The project centers around the construction of a five-generator, 20-MW facility with fuel sourced by on-site natural gas and solar power.
- The project provides enough energy to power the airfield, the terminal, and the public areas of the airport.
Clean Hydrogen Hub (ARCH2)
With its extensive surface holdings, technical capabilities, and substantial asset base in Appalachia, CNX is well positioned to lead the region in CCUS development. Thanks to billions of dollars in federal funding, and an increased tax credit for injected carbon, a large volume of domestic projects are in the preliminary stages of development—with the vast majority proposing some level of carbon sequestration. As a large surface and mineral rights owner, CNX can quickly and efficiently meet the sequestration needs for a host of clean energy projects across multiple states.
Many of the CCUS efforts have previously been focused on Texas, Illinois, and California. With only a few Class VI injection permits currently approved by the EPA to date, CNX intends to be a first mover on Appalachian CCUS.
The influx of funds and heightened domestic awareness of CO2 impacts are clear indicators of a market set to quickly expand. CNX’s acreage is positioned next to a large volume of existing CO2 emitters—approximately 72 million metric tons CO2 equivalent currently exists within a 5-mile radius of CNX lands. CNX is ready to support the sequestration of these CO2 volumes. In addition to the high-level of technical oil and gas knowledge, CNX also has experience drilling and operating multiple class II injection wells, and can easily transition to class VI CO2 injection, while maintaining the assets and skills to effectively develop CO2 sequestration fields.
CNX will continue to aggressively locate and apply for federal funding opportunities, refine geologic characterizations and work with partners to provide support with CCUS as a service. We look forward to working collaboratively with multiple industries and academia on sequestration solutions.