AtkinsRéalis to Lead $3B Canada Inexperienced Hydrogen Project First Assemble

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The 70,000-metric-ton per-yr natty hydrogen conducting is determined for Quebec industrial corridor committed to renewable energy that will encompass planned $442M Ford Motor cathode materials plant for EV batteries.

Rendering Courtesy of Ford Motor Corp.

The developer of the $3-billion Projet Mauricie, location to be thought to be one of Canada’s biggest inexperienced hydrogen initiatives, has awarded its first key engineering contract to AtkinsRéalis Inc. 

The Quebec conducting, intended to connect 70,000 metric tons yearly of inexperienced hydrogen within the province’s emerging industrial decarbonization hub, will encompass constructing of a motive built electrolyzer, 1,000 MW of wind and movie voltaic energy products and services and a community of transmission lines and substations, developer TES Canada stated. 

Neither company disclosed the worth of the entrance-discontinue engineering and fabricate contract.

Inexperienced hydrogen produced by the conducting, launched closing yr, will almost definitely be aged to decarbonize prolonged-haul transportation and industrial sectors, and fix renewable natural gasoline.   

The proprietor stated Projet Mauricie is determined to open constructing in 2026 for a 2028 focused operation. “It ought to smartly be more than one contractors, it is in general a single contractor so that’s what we’re attempting to resolve at the 2d,” stated Andrew Romano, who directs the renewable energies portfolio of AtkinsRéalis, formerly SNC Lavalin Inc. 

“Right here is largely original infrastructure strategically placed discontinuance to existing Hydro Quebec provider corridors,”  he stated. This includes the utility’s “existing and in truth sturdy energy grid that makes use of a form of hydro energy to generate natty energy,” Romano added. 

The conducting is found in what’s known because the Vallée de la Transition Energétique between Montreal and Quebec Metropolis in an industrial corridor come the St. Lawrence River, which used to be designated closing yr by the Quebec and Canada governments as an energy transition innovation hub. 

Divulge to be done in Becancoeur, Quebec, within the hub, are two primary U.S automaker flowers to connect materials for electric autos that were launched within the closing two years.

One is a $443-million manufacturing facility, being built by Fashioned
Motors and South Korean industrial materials maker POSCO Future M, which is ready to construct
cathode-active parts key to EV lithium-ion batteries. It is determined to open in 2025. The federal and province governments closing yr launched they are going to provide $221 million in funding to the plant.

Divulge to open by mid-2026 is an $887-million cathode production facility of Ford Motor Corp. and two South Korea energy sector companies—SK On and EcoProBM—with ability to construct forty five,000 metric. Its 3-million-sq-toes footprint will encompass a six-floor constructing.

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For products and services’ inexperienced energy fabricate, AtkinsRéalis and consulting engineer BBA, both Montreal-based entirely mostly, will manufacture Projet Mauricie plans, execution time table, worth estimates and environmental impact assessments, furthermore helping in geotechnical investigations, permitting and stakeholder and community engagement. 

“Right here is an very good conducting, the biggest conducting in Quebec for decarbonization,” stated Jean-Benoît Courchesnes, TES Canada vice president of enterprise enhance. He called Projet Mauricie “smartly-structured,” with each and each component “smartly outlined.” 

The conducting will incorporate an existing 150 MW transmission line to connect basal energy to the original electrolyzer, with original production and storage products and services, as well to wind mills, a collector community and get entry to roads. “Real, tangible infrastructure is planned right here,” stated Romano.         

Pierre-Olivier Pineau, evaluate chair in energy sector management at the final public enterprise college, HEC Montreal, says securing a injurious of 150 MW of renewable energy from Quebec Hydro is “artful,” but he TES Canada desires to “fabricate definite there is a enterprise model that can presumably withhold this kind of conducting.”  

Projet Mauricie has already shriveled its entire renewable natural gasoline production to Montreal-based entirely mostly energy distributor Énergir Inc. on a prolonged-timeframe, mounted-worth contract, Courchesnes stated.

“The closing inexperienced hydrogen production, as a lot as 30,000 tons per yr, will almost definitely be equipped on shorter-timeframe agreements to the local heavy transportation sector,” he stated. TES Canada is furthermore working with three of Quebec’s biggest logistic and snappily operators, “which accept as true with already placed deposits on hydrogen gasoline cell trucks,” he added.

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