World Energy GH2 A Step Closer To World’s First Commercial-Scale Green Hydrogen Projects

World Energy GH2 A Step Closer To World’s First Commercial-Scale Green Hydrogen Projects

The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador have announced approval of World Energy GH2’s Crown land applications for Project Nujio’qonik. The land approvals marks the company’s latest major achievement and moves Project Nujio’qonik forward on its path to becoming the first commercial-scale green hydrogen project in North America, and one of the first projects of its kind in the world. The Project already owns the Port of Stephenville, which includes the land for the plant facility. With the confirmation of Crown land for the total project area, this now confirms both Site Control Milestones have been met.

Development of Project Nujio’qonik is planned for the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), initially comprised of two 1GW wind farms, and a hydrogen / ammonia plant in the Port of Stephenville. The Project will be among the world’s first wind-to-green-hydrogen projects at commercial scale with green hydrogen production beginning in late 2025. In addition to the two initial wind farm approvals, the Crown Land award includes two additional areas, for a total of 4GW of buildable wind farm areas in the immediate vicinity of the proposed plant site at the Port of Stephenville.

Proposed Project Area (CNW Group/World Energy GH2)

Proposed Project Area (CNW Group/World Energy GH2)

Crown land leases are contingent upon proponents completing the provincial Environmental Assessment process and Project Nujio’qonik is currently the only green hydrogen project in NL that has conducted required analysis and submitted an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) requiring over 15 months of field and desktop studies; an EIS is the most stringent Environmental Assessment level in the province.

World Energy GH2 has secured Crown land approval for sites in Port au Port and the Anguille Mountains/Codroy area for the initial phases of the Project, and has also gained approval for expansion sites in the Long Range Mountains and along the Burgeo Highway.

Sean Leet, Managing Director and CEO of World Energy GH2, said “Project Nujio’qonik is building significant momentum locally and globally, 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 expect the province’s response this fall. 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,” said Leet.

Key Project Nujio’qonik milestones:
  • June 2022: Environmental Registration submitted
  • August 23, 2022Canada – Germany Hydrogen Alliance signed at the Project Nujio’qonik site in Stephenville, NL
  • November 2022: Wind measurement campaign begins
  • March 2023: Crown lands bid submitted
  • May 2023: SK ecoplant invests USD $50M in Project Nujio’qonik for 20% stake
  • June 2023: World Energy GH2 acquires the Port of Stephenville
  • July 2023: Crown lands phase one completed
  • August 22, 2023: Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) published
  • August 25, 2023: Pre-FEED completed
  • August 30, 2023: Crown lands phase two (final phase) approved
World Energy GH2

World Energy GH2 Inc. is a Newfoundland and Labrador-based renewable energy company, and is affiliated with World Energy LLC, one of the world’s largest producers of green fuels. Project Nujio’qonik aims to be Canada’s first commercial green hydrogen/ammonia producer created from 3+ Gigawatts of wind energy in one of the world’s best wind resource regions. Project Nujio’qonik’s partners are CFFI Ventures, Columbus Capital, GH2 Holdings, Horizon Maritime, and SK ecoplant.

About SK ecoplant

Based in Korea, SK ecoplant has grown rapidly in the renewable energy sectors including hydrogen, fuel cells, offshore wind power, and photovoltaic power, and in the waste battery recycling sector.

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