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New hydrogen energy project announced for Prince George, B.C.

Simon Pickup, Teralta CEO. Photo provided by Teralta.

Teralta Hydrogen Solutions, the Chilliwack-B.C. based energy firm, announced Jan. 16 that it is developing a clean hydrogen energy system at Canfor Pulp’s mill in Prince George, B.C. When operational, the system will reduce natural gas use at the Canfor site by 25 per cent.  The announcement was made at the 21st Annual BC Natural Resources Forum on Jan. 16 in Prince George.

“The project is complex, but due to the strong partnerships we have forged, our progress has been consistent,” said Simon Pickup, Teralta’s CEO with the announcement. “Today, the building for the hydrogen processing is in place and the infrastructure to capture and upgrade the hydrogen is in the works. While clean hydrogen is recognized as an important component in achieving a sustainable future, few projects have come to fruition. B.C has the potential to lead the world with its Hydrogen Strategy and the success of this project will be the groundwork for future initiatives here and abroad.”

The system will collect byproduct hydrogen from project partner Chemtrade Logistics’ sodium chlorate production facility. It will then purify and compress it for use at Canfor’s pulp mill. The project is also being advanced thanks to a regulatory change made by the Government of B.C. which now allows gas utilities to acquire hydrogen to replace fossil fuels.

B.C. Premier David Eby at the announcement on Jan. 16.

“Our work is creating jobs and delivering cleaner air across the province. B.C.’s hydrogen strategy has paved the way for this project to move forward, providing significant benefits to workers, the region and the whole province,” said B.C. Premier David Eby. “Teralta and their partners, Chemtrade and Canfor Pulp, are leaders in fighting climate change through creative solutions that lower carbon emissions, create good-paying jobs for people, and build healthier communities.”

Project partners include Teralta, Chemtrade, Canfor and AdvanTec. 

“We are a company committed to continuous improvement and reducing our overall footprint. As a producer of clean hydrogen, we have been looking at ways we can capture this energy source and provide it as a carbon-free alternative to local markets. When Teralta approached us, regarding this project, it was a natural fit,” said Scott Rook, president and CEO at Chemtrade Logistics. “The Prince George project is an excellent opportunity for the community and for the business, aligning perfectly with Chemtrade’s commitment to Environmental, Social, and Governance principles and to our Responsible Care mandate.”