Canadian firm EverWind Fuels Company has won environmental approval for the initial phase of a CAD-6-billion (USD 4.5bn/EUR 4.2bn) project to produce green hydrogen and ammonia in Nova Scotia that will be supplying German energy majors E.on SE (ETR:EOAN) and Uniper SE (ETR:UN01).
According to the Halifax, Nova Scotia-based company, the scheme is the first independent green hydrogen and green ammonia project in North America to receive environmental clearance.
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In the first phase, the plant will produce and export 200,000 tonnes per year, while it will be later ramped up to reach one million tonnes annually, EverWind said on Tuesday. Last summer, E.on and Uniper agreed to off-take the entire annual output, each committing to buying 500,000 tonnes of green ammonia from the facility.
To be installed at Point Tupper, in Port Hawkesbury municipality, the initial capacity at the production complex is planned to become operational by 2025, while full power will be achieved in the following year. EverWind expects construction to begin in the first half of this year.
Initially, the production process will be powered by renewable energy facilities in the region. In December 2022, EverWind leased 137,000 acres (55,440 hectares) of land that will potentially become home to a 2-GW wind park to supply the project’s second phase.
EverWind’s equity partners in the hydrogen project are First Nations investors Membertou, Paqtnkek and Potlotek. The Canadian firm estimates that the site at the Point Tupper terminal has the capacity to produce more than 10 million tonnes of green ammonia per year.
(CAD 1.0 = USD 0.746/EUR 0.696)