TESCanada H2 aims to commission its newly unveiled $4bn Mauricie project in Québec from 2028.
The project, which is targeting 70,000 tonnes of green hydrogen exclusively for Québec end users, consists of the construction of an electrolyser and renewable energy production assets and marks one of the largest decarbonisation projects in the province to date.
Around a third of the green hydrogen produced will be dedicated to decarbonising long-haul transportation, which accounts for nearly 10% of Québec’s annual emissions, and the remaining volumes will be used to produce e-NG (electric renewable natural gas), a sustainable drop-in solution for hard-to-abate industries.
Éric Gauthier, General Manager, TESCanada H2, said, “The economic spin-offs will be significant for Shawinigan and the Mauricie region and will position Québec as a leader in decarbonisation.”
The majority of the project’s energy needs will be met by its own 1GW wind and solar farm, and it will achieve 3% of Québec’s GHG reduction targets by 2030.
Its behind-the-meter assets will minimise the energy drawn from Hydro-Québec’s grid, while also offering optimisation opportunities, including load shedding during peak winter periods.
Located in the Vallée de la transition énergétique, the Projet Mauricie will significantly contribute to the economic development for this region and all of Québec, creating economic benefits.
More than 1,000 jobs will be created during the construction period, and ultimately more than 200 permanent, specialist jobs.
The Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice-Champlain and Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, said, “TES Canada is contributing to the shift towards a new era of more sustainable energy, fostering the emergence of an economy that is greener and more resilient.”
Renault-François Lortie, Vice-President, Customers and Gas Supply, Énergir, said the decarbonisation challenge is huge, and we need all the solutions we can get.
He said, “The TES Canada project … will make it possible to access the complementary uses of green hydrogen by producing, among other things, a large volume of third-generation RNG to accelerate the development of the renewable gas sector in Québec.
“There’s no doubt that Énergir’s network will play a key role in decarbonizing the province, especially for the uses that are more difficult to electrify, using locally produced renewable energy.”
TES Canada is launching its local stakeholder information and consultation process this month, starting with open-house community information sessions in Shawinigan (November 21), Saint-Adelphe (27th) and Saint-Narcisse (28th).