Plans to build a landmark new net zero hydrogen energy complex in Canada has been announced by Air Products, in conjunction with the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta.
The company intends to deploy advanced hydrogen technology and innovative design to deliver net zero emissions, including carbon capture technology, which will be capable of capturing more than 95% of the carbon dioxide from the feedstock natural gas and storing it safely underground.
The remaining 5% of CO2 will be offset by the hydrogen-fuelled electricity.
The CAD$1.3 billion (£0.76bn) hydrogen production and liquefaction facility, which will be located in Edmonton, will also mark a first in the wider use of hydrogen in Alberta, enabling the production of liquid hydrogen to be an emissions-free fuel in the transportation sector and to generate clean electricity.
The complex, approved by Air Products’ Board of Directors and subject to final completion of agreements and appropriate permits, is expected to come onstream in 2024.
Seamus O’Regan Jr, Minister of Natural Resources said: “Hydrogen’s moment has come. It’s the low carbon fuel that gets us to net zero. This opportunity will create thousands of jobs and use the skills and expertise of workers in Alberta to lead Canada to the forefront of the global hydrogen market. Working with Alberta and Air Products Canada, we are building a low emissions energy future that leaves no one behind.”
Seifi Ghasemi, Air Products’ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer added: “Sustainability is our pathway to growth and central to Air Products’ business every day around the world. By being a first mover and investing in this innovative landmark project, we are paving the way for hydrogen from Edmonton to meet industrial and transportation needs throughout western Canada.
“Our highly integrated project will be a model for net zero atmospheric gas, hydrogen and power production consistent with our announced growth platforms.”