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Canadian Green H2 project gets environmental green light

Canadian Green H2 project gets environmental green light

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Canada’s World Energy GH2 has received environmental approval for Project Nujio’qonik, a fully integrated commercial-scale wind-to-green hydrogen project, from the government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change Bernard Davis announced that the project has met the requirements of the provincial Environmental Assessment Act and has been approved to proceed in accordance with a series of conditions and the issuance of required permits, according to World Energy in a press release.

Project Nujio’qonik will be Canada’s first commercial green hydrogen/ammonia producer generated from more than three gigawatts (GW) of renewable electricity through wind projects on the west coast of the island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador, according to the project description on the company’s website. . The sites will be developed simultaneously with a staggered delivery schedule, with hydrogen production increasing over time.

World Energy noted that a three GW wind farm will supply approximately 250,000 tons of hydrogen per year using 1.5 GW electrolysers.

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“Project Nujio’qonik remains one of the most advanced green hydrogen export projects in development globally,” said Sean Leet, Managing Director and CEO of World Energy. “We appreciate the approach taken by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in conducting their due diligence over the past 22 months, and recognize the continued hard work required by [the] government moves forward as we all champion this new industry.”

“To support the progress of our project and to ensure that Newfoundland and Labrador seizes this opportunity, we have made significant investments in the environmental process. We are committed to advancing our project responsibly and building world-class development that will benefit our province, its people and our country and contribute to the global fight against climate change,” Leet said.

“The industry at home and around the world has been watching this decision closely,” World Energy Chairman John Risley said. “After a thorough, highly regulated environmental review process, this decision demonstrates the province’s commitment to climate action.”

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“Newfoundland and Labrador has taken the necessary steps to solidify its position as a global leader in renewable green energy production,” Risley continued. “The province recognizes and understands the competitive pressures created by the green hydrogen subsidies embedded in the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act and the rapidly emerging global demand for green fuels. They are doing the right thing for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, and for Canadians. Project Nujio’qonik is a catalyst for the green energy industry in Atlantic Canada and around the world.”

“Our next steps include updating our plans, as necessary, to meet the specific conditions outlined by the province, and finalizing the initial permits required to begin construction of early works,” it added Get ready for it. “In parallel with our initial work, we will continue to progress FEED [front-end engineering design] activities, confirm orders for additional long-term items, and promote and execute offtake agreements as we work toward a final investment decision in early 2025.”

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Construction engineering firm SK ecoplant is an investor and an engineering, purchasing and construction partner for the project, according to the press release. SK ecoplany President and CEO Kyung-il Park said: “We strive to provide new and meaningful opportunities by leveraging Newfoundland and Labrador’s abundant natural resources, while minimizing environmental impact on the province and local communities. We will continue to work closely with various stakeholders in the communities to ensure that the project is developed in a responsible and sustainable manner.”

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