Updated August 10, 2019 08:03:52 A new lease arrangement is in the works between Dallas and Nissan for its future hydrogen refueling facilities.
The two sides announced Wednesday that the two sides are in talks about a new lease for the facility that would run from 2021 to 2023.
This comes as the city is under pressure to close the $1.3 billion plant by 2022.
“The City of Dallas and the State of Texas have a long-standing partnership on our city’s future hydrogen-powered transportation network,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings in a statement.
“This agreement will continue to be an important part of our transportation network and we look forward to working with the new company on this important project.”
The city has proposed to use the plant to refuel cars, trucks and buses at stations throughout the city.
“Our goal is to maintain the facility’s clean, safe, and cost-effective operations while providing low-income and middle-income families access to affordable, clean energy for their homes, businesses, and schools,” the statement said.
The plant would be located in the city’s downtown, the site of several recent gas station shootings, and the former home of a former city council member.
The news comes on the heels of a recent announcement from Dallas that the city was seeking bids for the purchase of the facility.
The city plans to lease the facility for at least five years.
The company behind the lease is Blue Origin, a company that has launched multiple successful orbital rockets.
The plan is to keep the facility operational for 20 years, though it will be up to the city to decide when that will happen.
The facility will also be used as a testing ground for the Blue Origin suborbital vehicle, which is expected to launch sometime in 2020.
Dallas also announced that it would be working with other states and companies on a joint plan to develop hydrogen storage facilities.
Dallas, which already owns a battery storage facility on the Texas Gulf Coast, will begin buying hydrogen for storage from the company.
The state also is looking at leasing storage from Blue Origin to meet demand for hydrogen.
The deal comes as Dallas continues to face increasing pressure to shutter its largest city-owned gas station, which closed in October 2019.