HTEC (Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation) and Harnois Groupe pétrolier (HGP) have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to partner on hydrogen (H2) refuelling activities.

HTEC is a globally recognised leader in sustainable H2 fuel supply solutions for zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). HGP is a leading station owner and petroleum-product supplier operating more than 400 gas stations in Quebec; the company plans to open the province’s first H2 refuelling station in Quebec City within the next few months.

The terms of the LOI outline the steps HTEC and HGP will take to build a partnership to develop a retail H2 refuelling station network in Quebec and other regions in Canada. HTEC is building a six-station network to support the initial rollout of fuel cell electric vehicles in British Columbia, and opened Canada’s first retail H2 station in Vancouver in June. The knowledge and experience HTEC has developed in BC will help expedite the network rollout in Quebec. Station infrastructure in the province is needed to help car companies comply with Quebec’s recently introduced Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate.

We couldn’t develop the first wave of H2 refuelling stations in Canada without strong working relationships with companies supporting the drive towards cleaner transportation solutions,” enthused Colin Armstrong, HTEC’s CEO. “Quebec is a market primed for zero-emission vehicles and Harnois, with its large station network, is an important connection as we expand into the province. With the BC station network well underway, we are excited to be working with Harnois to explore possibilities for Quebec’s H2 refuelling network.”

“We see H2 as an important part of our portfolio of future energy alternatives,” added Serge Harnois, Chairman and CEO of HGP. “We want to work with companies who have the expertise required to help us to deliver refuelling solutions that make sense for our business and our customers. We are proud to be working with a Canadian company like HTEC to help shape the multi-energy refuelling station of tomorrow.”