SK wins land approval to develop $15bn green hydrogen project in Canada

South Korea’s SK ecoplant Company has received approval to utilise a land for wind power generation as part of a $15bn green hydrogen project in Eastern Canada, a move that could see the region becoming home to one of the world’s largest hydrogen projects.

Named Nujio’qonik, the project uses renewably produced electricity to split water into its constituent atoms of hydrogen and oxygen through electrolysis. The green hydrogen generated will be converted into green ammonia to enable transport to global markets.

Announced last year by World Energy GH2, the project is part of the Net Zero solutions specialist’s plan to produce 180,000 metric tonnes of green hydrogen per year at the time of the project’s completion.

Having received site approval by the Canadian state governorate on 31st August 2023 to utilise for wind power generation, the project, located on the Newfoundland Island in Newfoundland and Labrador, will also generate up to 1,650 metric tonnes of renewable ammonia per day.

According to the project developers, the initial phase would involve constructing an onshore wind power plant, an electrolysis system and a green ammonia production facility.

Commenting on the project, Kyung-il Park, CEO of SK ecoplant, said, “As a key player in this cross-continental green hydrogen project, we are fully dedicated to pioneering the global hhydrogen ecosystem at an accelerated pace.”

“As a leading contributor to the commercialisation of green hydrogen by 2025, we are resolute in ensuring the smooth progress of the Nujio’qonik project.”

SK ecoplant has secured a 20% stake in the project’s first phase through an investment agreement signed with World Energy GH2 in May.

The company’s plans involve the supply and installation of electrolysers for green hydrogen production in addition to a front-end engineering design (FEED) for the plant facility.

The initial stage of the project will include a total of 1GW of onshore wind power generation for electricity production and 600MW of electrolysers, including a combination of both solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC) and polymer electrolyte membrane electrolysis cells (PEMEC).

World Energy GH2 completed its submission of environmental impact statement (EIS) documents to the Newfoundland state government last month. If approved, this would mark North America’s first comprehensive environmental impact assessment for a commercial green hydrogen project, according to BusinessKorea.

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