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Imperial awards hydrogen contract to Air Products

DCN-JOC News Services
Imperial awards hydrogen contract to Air Products

EDMONTON – Imperial has announced a long-term contract with Air Products to supply low-carbon hydrogen for the company’s proposed renewable diesel complex at its Strathcona refinery near Edmonton.

Air Products will provide pipeline supply from its hydrogen plant currently under construction in Edmonton.

“Our agreement with Air Products is an important milestone as we progress plans to build the largest renewable diesel manufacturing facility in Canada. This project highlights Imperial’s commitment to investing in a lower carbon future. We continue to progress discussions with our business partners and governments as we work toward a final investment decision in the months ahead,” Imperial downstream vice-president Jon Wetmore said in a statement.

Imperial will use Air Product’s low-carbon hydrogen to produce renewable diesel at its Strathcona facility that “substantially reduces greenhouse gas emissions relative to conventional production. The hydrogen and biofeedstock will be combined with a proprietary catalyst to produce premium low-carbon diesel fuel,” a release said.

“There is significant demand for low-carbon hydrogen, and as a first-mover, Air Products is ready to meet that demand from our Alberta Blue Hydrogen Hub. Canada is rapidly implementing an energy transition that emphasizes the use of low-carbon hydrogen, and Air Products is demonstrating that world-scale hydrogen facilities can be net-zero for carbon emissions. We continue to set the stage for a competitive, low-carbon-intensity hydrogen network, which includes increasing liquid hydrogen production capacity at our site to 35 metric tonnes per day, to provide clean hydrogen for the growing industrial and mobility markets across Canada,” said Air Products COO Dr. Samir Serhan.

Air Products is increasing overall investment in the Edmonton facility to $1.6 billion to support the Imperial contract, the release stated, with the investment used to facilitate integration with Imperial’s proposed project and supply it with approximately 50 per cent of the low-carbon hydrogen output from its 165 million standard cubic feet per day hydrogen production complex.

Imperial’s renewable diesel complex is expected to produce more than one billion litres of renewable diesel from locally sourced feedstock and the project, first announced in August 2021, is “anticipated to realize about three million tonnes per year in emissions reductions in the Canadian transportation sector,” the release stated.

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