Green energy developer TES Canada announced the launch of Projet Mauricie, a new C$4 billion (USD$2.9 billion) green hydrogen project in Quebec, Canada, aimed at supporting the decarbonization of hard-to-abate industries and contributing to the province’s climate objectives.
Hydrogen is seen as one of the key building blocks of the transition to a cleaner energy future, especially for industrial and transport sectors with difficult to reduce emissions, where sustainable energy solutions such as wind and solar energy are less practical. About 94 million tons of hydrogen are currently produced worldwide, although the vast majority is extracted using fossil fuels, which produce pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions.
Developing clean hydrogen capacity, such as green hydrogen, which uses renewable energy to power the process of extracting hydrogen from other materials, will require huge investments in areas such as infrastructure, electrolysis, transport and storage.
According to TES, investments will focus on the construction of an electrolyzer and renewable energy production assets, with the majority of the project’s energy to be supplied by a 1 GW wind and solar farm, eliminating the need for the facility of depending on Quebec’s electricity grid is minimized. . The plant is expected to produce 70,000 tonnes of green hydrogen for end-users in Québec by 2028, with the aim of reducing annual CO2 emissions by 800,000 tonnes.
Éric Gauthier, Managing Director at TES Canada, said:
“Projet Mauricie is once again positioning our region at the heart of the transition to a green economy. By leveraging the innovation and strength of our resources, TES Canada is helping to shift to a new era of more sustainable energy, and fostering the emergence of an economy that is greener and more resilient.”
About a third of the green hydrogen produced at the plant will be used for long-distance decarbonization of production, while the remainder will be used for electric renewable natural gas (e-NG) production, according to the company. , a drop-in solution for hard-to-fight industries.
Quebec has set climate goals, including targets to reduce emissions by 37.5% by 2030 based on 1990 levels, and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. According to TES, the new project will help achieve 3% of the province’s 2030 target.
Steven Guilbeault, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, said:
“Clean energy represents an economic opportunity for generations. This project in the Mauricie region will create hundreds of sustainable jobs while providing affordable, reliable and clean energy to Québec’s electricity grid, as well as to the industrial and transportation sectors. Projects like these help fight climate change and create a prosperous future.”