MONTREAL, QUE. – WSP in Canada has been awarded the detailed design contract for two hydrogen production and refueling facilities in Alberta.
The facilities are located in Calgary and Edmonton and are being built to support Canadian Pacific’s (CP) hydrogen locomotive program.
The projects are led by ATCO Group who were awarded an engineering, procurement and construction services contract from CP. The hydrogen infrastructure at each CP site will include a one MW electrolyzer, compression, storage and dispensing for locomotive refueling. The electrolyzer in Calgary will in part be powered by renewable electricity from CP’s existing five MW solar power facility co-located at CP’s headquarters.
“Low carbon intensity hydrogen has the potential to be an integral part of Canada’s clean energy mix in the decades ahead. Our team is proud to play an important role in Canada’s energy transition, helping companies develop new resources for the transition to a low-emission economy,” said WSP in Canada energy, resources and industry executive vice-president Satvinder Flore in a press release.
“Alberta presents real opportunity for the development and execution of significant clean energy generation through hydrogen production, as well as solar, wind, and biofuel resources. This agreement presents an opportunity for our team to continue to demonstrate its expertise in the development of next generation clean energy projects,” added Peter Hatcher, WSP in Canada Western Canada and territories executive vice-president.
CP announced in November 2021 it had expanded the hydrogen locomotive program to include three locomotives and the installation of the two Alberta refueling facilities. The program is supported by $15 million in funding awarded in 2021 by Emissions Reduction Alberta.
Construction of the two facilities is expected to being in late 2022 with the first hydrogen supplied to a CP hydrogen locomotive in 2023.