In the project’s latest development, Air Products today (6th Sep) said it has inked a long-term contract to supply Canadian energy firm Imperial with hydrogen to produce premium low-carbon diesel fuel.
Under terms of the deal, Air Products will supply Imperial’s Strathcona refinery with approximately 50% of the low-carbon hydrogen output from its 165 million standard cubic feet per day hydrogen production complex in the province.
To support this, the industrial gas giant will increase its overall investment of its Edmonton hydrogen facility to $1.6m. Plans for the multi-billion-dollar hydrogen energy complex were first unveiled in June 2021.
It is hoped the hydrogen production and liquefaction facility will be onstream in 2024.
Dr. Samir Serhan, Chief Operating Officer at Air Products, said, “There is significant demand for low-carbon hydrogen, and as a first-mover, Air Products is ready to meet that demand from our Alberta blue hydrogen hub.”
“Canada is rapidly implementing an energy transition that emphasises the use of low-carbon hydrogen, and Air Products is demonstrating that world-scale hydrogen facilities can be Net Zero for carbon emissions.”
“We continue to set the stage for a competitive, low-carbon-intensity hydrogen network, which includes increasing liquid hydrogen production capacity at our site to 35 metric tonnes per day, to provide clean hydrogen for the growing industrial and mobility markets across Canada.”
gasworld understands the project will create approximately 600 direct construction jobs, along with hundreds more through investments by business partners.
Jon Wetmore, Vice-President of Downstream and Imperial, added, “Our agreement with Air Products is an important milestone as we progress plans to build the largest renewable diesel manufacturing facility in Canada.”
“This project highlights Imperial’s commitment to investing in a lower carbon future. We continue to progress discussions with our business partners and governments as we work toward a final investment decision in the months ahead.”