More progress for Canada-based Project Nujio’qonik

Topsoe to supply ammonia loop technology

Topsoe has reached an agreement to provide its ammonia synthesis loop technology to World Energy GH2’s Canada-based renewable hydrogen project, Nujio’qonik. The technology will be used to generate up to 1,650 tonnes per day of renewable ammonia.

Located in the Bay of St. George, Newfoundland, Project Nujio’qonik is expected to produce about 250,000 tonnes of renewable hydrogen annually upon completion, part of which will be used for ammonia production. Initially, the project will consist of two 1 GW wind farms which will power a combination of Solid Oxide and PEM electrolysers to produce hydrogen at the Port of Stephenville.

Following a rigorous analysis, we are pleased to have selected Topsoe’s proven technology for our project. Project Nujio’qonik will be instrumental in ensuring Newfoundland and Labrador takes its place as a preeminent global leader in the fight against climate change and becomes a catalyst for the development of other renewable hydrogen projects across Canada and across the world.

John Risley, World Energy GH2 Chairman, in Topsoe’s official press release, 7 August 2023

We are very pleased to support World Energy GH2 in one of the world’s first-to-market renewable hydrogen and ammonia production projects, highlighting our commitment to lead the development of the renewable hydrogen industry. The agreement is testament to the quality and depth of Topsoe’s ammonia production expertise and a huge sign of confidence in our world leading technology.

Henrik Rasmussen, Topsoe’s MD (the Americas), in his organisation’s official press release, 7 August 2023

We need projects like Nujio’qonik. Large scale projects that can deliver the called for renewable fuels and chemicals to decarbonize hard-to-abate sectors like steel, aviation and shipping. On a global scale, much more commercial-size plants are needed, but World Energy GH2 project bears testimony to the fact, that it can be done.

Sundus Cordelia Ramli, CCO Power-to-X at Topsoe, in his organisation’s official press release, 7 August 2023

Crown lands application approved as project continues apace

Still on Nujio’qonik, the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador has approved World Energy GH2’s Crown land applications for the project.

Proposed area for Project Nujio-qonik, including expansion areas. Source: World Energy GH2.
Click to learn more. Proposed area for Project Nujio-qonik, including expansion areas. Source: World Energy GH2.

The Crown land approval covers sites in Port au Port and the Anguille Mountains area for the initial phases, and potential expansion sites in the Long Range Mountains and along the Burgeo Highway. It includes space for a total of 4 GW of buildable wind farm capacity near the proposed plant site at the Port of Stephenville (see map on right). Completion of the provincial environmental assessment, as part of which an environmental impact statement has already been submitted, will now follow.

The project’s other key milestones this year include SK ecoplant’s USD $50M investment for a 20% stake, acquisition of the port of Stephenville and the submission of the Environmental Impact Statement.

This past spring, we acquired the Port of Stephenville, and signed a USD $50M investment agreement with SK ecoplant. Earlier this month, we submitted a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), we’ve now completed our pre-FEED (front-end engineering and design) work and are regularly discussing plans with potential suppliers, vendors and customers. We have also made progress in our relationship with the Qalipu First Nation and local community bands, now working toward development of definitive agreements. The next major milestone for Project Nujio’qonik will be the province’s response to the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). We also look forward to further details from the federal government regarding the Clean Hydrogen Investment Tax Credit (ITC) coverage and Contracts for Difference (CFD) mechanisms required to stand up this new clean energy industry in Canada.

Sean Leet, MD and CEO of World Energy GH2 in his organisation’s official press release, 30 August 2023.
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