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Project would be part of TC Energy/Nikola development agreement

By Dale Lunan

Canadian energy infrastructure company TC Energy said April 26 it was working with Arizona-based Nikola, which develops zero emission transportation and infrastructure solutions, to evaluate development of a hydrogen production facility on a site north of Calgary.

The Crossfield site, which covers 140 acres, is already home to a TC Energy-operated natural gas storage facility. The hub would initially produce 60 metric tons/day of hydrogen by reacting the natural gas in a chemical plant to separate hydrogen and CO2, which would be captured and sequestered. Capacity could eventually be increased to 150 mt/day.

“With our focus on creating low-carbon solutions for businesses, we’ve identified our Crossfield site as a hub to produce and distribute hydrogen to serve long-haul transportation, power generation, large industrials and heating customers across the US and Canada,” said Corey Hessen, an executive vice president of TC Energy and president of its power, storage and origination business.

Nikola will be the hub’s anchor customer for its long-haul fuel cell electric vehicles. TC Energy and Nikola previously announced a joint agreement to pursue the development of hydrogen production hubs across North America.

A final investment decision on the project is expected by the end of 2023.