Green hydrogen injection project planned
By Jack Burke24 March 2021
20 MW electrolysis plant planned in Quebec
Evolugen and Gazifère Inc., an Enbridge company, plan to build and operate a 20 MW water electrolysis hydrogen production plant and inject the hydrogen into a natural gas distribution network in Quebec.
The two Quebec-based companies are part of a collaboration formed to advance the development and use of green hydrogen. The facility will result in significant reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and generate considerable benefits regionally, provincially, and nationally, the companies said.
The plant will be built in the Masson sector of the City of Gatineau, adjacent to Evolugen’s hydroelectric facilities, which will power the electrolyzer. An estimated capacity of approximately 425 000 GJ of green hydrogen will be produced for injection into Gazifère’s natural gas distribution network, making this the first project of its kind in Canada, the companies said.
The project will avoid approximately 15 000 metric tons in GHG emissions per year, in addition to generating significant local economic benefits, including new jobs and additional property tax revenue.
This project represents the first phase in the creation of a regional green economy ecosystem centered around the production, distribution, and use of green hydrogen. With ongoing support from the municipal, provincial, and federal governments, Evolugen and Gazifère said they are well positioned to leverage numerous strategic assets, including access to natural resources and the expertise of the local workforce.
“Green hydrogen can play a major role in Quebec’s energy transition by offering a sustainable, low-carbon energy solution,” said Cynthia Hansen, executive vice president and president, Gas Distribution & Storage, Enbridge. “With the production, transportation and distribution of green hydrogen, Gazifère has the ambition to provide its customers with an increasingly diversified portfolio of renewable natural gas options. This is another important example of Enbridge’s multi-market approach to green the natural gas grid while continuing to meet the demand for safe, reliable and affordable energy.”