British Columbia invests in $900 million interprovincial hydrogen refuelling network

Vancouver-based HTEC has announced a massive new interprovincial hydrogen project in British Columbia and Alberta.

The proposed $900 million H2 Gateway will include:

  • Twenty hydrogen refuelling stations
    • Eighteen of which will be in British Columbia
    • Two will be in Alberta
    • Fourteen of these stations will be able to refuel as many as 300 heavy-duty vehicles per day
  • Three electrolyzers to support the refuelling stations
    • One each in Burnaby, Nanaimo, and Prince George
  • A new liquidation facility in North Vancouver capable of producing 15 tonnes of byproduct per day

HTEC has also secured government funding for the project. From the province of British Columbia, HTEC received $133 million from the BC Low Carbon Fuel Standard. In addition, the company received $337 million from the federal government through a loan from the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

BC continues to focus on hydrogen as a potential alternative on the West Coast as part of its broader Hydrogen Strategy. The province has funded multiple projects across the province, including large-scale production and fuelling stations.

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However, not everyone on the West Coast agrees that hydrogen is the future for vehicles. In California, Shell announced earlier this year that they are exiting the hydrogen market and closing down all their stations. Even so, it looks like BC is betting on hydrogen as a genuine future alternative.

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