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Phase 1 FEED completion for EverWind Fuels Point Tupper

Phase 1 FEED completion for EverWind Fuels Point Tupper
EverWind Fuels is developing Atlantic Canada's first green ammonia production facility in Point Tupper, Nova Scotia, and is on track to become operational in 2026 (photo courtesy EverWind Fuels).

Canada-headed EverWind Fuels LLC, a leading North American developer of a green fuels hub centered in Atlantic Canada, has announced the completion of Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) and Front-End Loading Engineering (FEL-3) with Black & Veatch for its Phase 1 Green Hydrogen to Green Ammonia project in Point Tupper, Nova Scotia (NS).

The completion of the FEED engineering, which included over 110,000 hours of engineering.

We are thrilled to be among the first globally to have completed FEED engineering for our green hydrogen and green ammonia production facility. This accomplishment is representative of the detailed and important trailblazing work that EverWind is doing to enable our project to drive down the cost of the energy transition – work that is required to secure long-term, multi-billion dollar contracts. This marks a significant step forward in our mission to develop a green fuels hub in Atlantic Canada, and we look forward to continuing our work with Black & Veatch, a world leader in engineering and construction services as we move towards construction and operations, said Trent Vichie, CEO and Founder of EverWind Fuels.

It also marks a major milestone in the development of the Point Tupper project representing the first announced completion of FEED for a large-scale green hydrogen and green ammonia production facility in North America.

Black & Veatch has been delivering large-scale hydrogen and ammonia production facilities globally for 80 years, using innovative designs and advanced technology. EverWind’s Point Tupper facility, with the completion of its front-end engineering design (FEED), is one of the most advanced hydrogen and ammonia projects in North America and globally. Our team remains committed to working with EverWind and its equipment providers to deliver Canada’s first large-scale green hydrogen and ammonia production safely, on time, and on budget, said Laszlo von Lazar, President of Black & Veatch.

Point Tupper will use Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyzers, and ammonia synthesis technology from Casale S.A. to convert water from man-made Landrie Lake and power primarily from newly-built wind farms into green hydrogen and green ammonia.

Casale is proud to announce the continuation of our longstanding, successful partnership with Black & Veatch. For the past 35 years, our collaboration has led to numerous achievements, and we are excited to embark on the next chapter by implementing our cutting-edge, flexible, and dynamic “FlexAMMONIA” technology. This venture will power EverWind’s initiative for green ammonia production, marking a significant milestone in sustainable industry practices. Together, we are setting new standards for environmental stewardship and operational excellence, said Federico Zardi, CEO of Casale.

Pre-certified production

The first phase of EverWind’s project is designed to produce approximately 240,000 tonnes per annum of green ammonia.

The Project meets the strictest global requirements for green fuels set by the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and has been pre-certified by CertifHy.

ILF is pleased to partner with EverWind as owner’s engineers on its transformational green ammonia project. We are proud to continue to advance leading engineering and support EverWind’s compliance with strict green fuels production criteria including the EU RED II definition of Renewable Fuels from a Non-Biological Origin (RFNBO). We are excited to ensure that EverWind continues to set new standards in sustainable energy, said Klaus Lässer, CEO of ILF Consulting Engineers.

Develop an Atlantic Canada green fuels hub

Point Tupper is part of EverWind’s larger initiative to develop an Atlantic Canadian green fuels hub, which is anticipated to bring significant economic and environmental benefits to the region.

Deloitte has performed a socio-economic study analyzing the benefits, some of which have already been realized through development spend and work to date.

EverWind’s completion of the FEED study is a significant step in the process of creating a large-scale facility for the type of infrastructure Atlantic Canada will need to support a low-carbon future. Green hydrogen has the potential to reduce GHG emissions in multiple sectors in Atlantic Canada and as a flexible energy carrier, it can allow for deep decarbonization scenarios, said Sven Scholtysik, Director of Research, Net Zero Atlantic.

The significant experience, learnings and expertise gained through the FEED process will directly benefit the ongoing development of future phases of the Point Tupper project in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia is poised to be a world leader in the production of green hydrogen. Our Government is excited for the benefits that EverWind’s project will bring which include green jobs and a clean, sustainable future for Nova Scotians. Green hydrogen leadership will help us and our global partners develop our green economies and fight climate change, said the Honourable Tim Houston, Premier of Nova Scotia.

EverWind is also concurrently developing a world-scale green fuels project on the Burin Peninsula in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Atlantic Canada is seizing its potential to become a global clean energy hub. EverWind’s leadership is contributing to Canada’s success, as we advance job-creating clean power projects, and gain market access for Canadian hydrogen in Germany and around the world, said the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources.

This project will be critical in delivering the scale and competitive wind resources required to support the green energy transition ambitions of some of the largest industrial companies in the world.

Green hydrogen production in Canada will be a key fuel source to reach domestic and global net-zero emissions goals. Dalhousie’s Clean Technologies Research Institute and associated Green Hydrogen Research Cluster are bringing together industry partners such as EverWind, researchers, NGOs, and the Government to support the generation of green hydrogen for both export and local use. We support EverWind’s green hydrogen development and are looking forward to working together on renewable energy transition pathways, said Mita Dasog and Michael Freund, Co-Leads, Green Hydrogen Research Cluster, Dalhousie University.

Point Tupper Phase 1

Completion of FEED and Construction Permitting: engineering works began in Q1 2022, advancing over two years to completion of FEED in March 2024.

The Project’s environmental assessment approval was received in February 2023, with construction to begin later this year and the first production in 2026.

We’re pleased to see EverWind’s continued success following the close of Export Development Canada’s CA$125 million loan which is helping drive Canada’s global clean energy leadership forward. With demand for hydrogen increasing around the world, Canada has the potential to be a top supplier of hydrogen on the road to net zero. The EverWind project will create good jobs and opportunities that are both environmentally and economically sustainable and we will continue to showcase Canadian expertise that is wanted and needed around the world and here at home, said Mary Ng, Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development.

Newly built, owned, and operated wind farms

EverWind has three First Nations equity partners, Membertou, Paqtnkek, and Potlotek, and together they are developing the Windy Ridge, Kmtnuk, and Bear Lake wind farms.

The completion of FEED marks just the beginning of an exciting journey towards a cleaner, brighter tomorrow. As equity partners with EverWind, we support the transition to green energy and envision a future where environmental stewardship and economic prosperity go hand in hand, said Chief Terry Paul, Membertou First Nation.

Two of the wind farms have received environmental approval and all three are expected to be operational by the end of 2026.

The Mi’kmaw have been stewards of these lands for thousands of years, yet we have been shut out of participating in and benefitting from the development of natural resources. This approach isn’t just about economics; it’s about building genuine partnerships based on mutual respect and understanding, supporting a future of reconciliation, said Chief Cory Julian, Paqtnkek First Nation.

Community engagement work is ongoing and will continue throughout the project’s lifetime.

EverWind has established a Community Liaison Committee for the Project and is looking to support local communities with cultural programs, youth initiatives, health and wellness, and community development.

Our involvement in this project is not just a strategic decision, but a reflection of our core values and commitments, both economic and environmental. Potlotek First Nation stands poised alongside EverWind, ready to make history and set a new standard for sustainable energy production in North America, said Chief Wilbert Marshall, Potlotek First Nation.

The company is currently in discussions with local unions and anticipates working in partnership with unions while providing significant opportunities to both apprentices and First Nations.

EverWind, alongside its First Nations partners, is leading the way in establishing Nova Scotia as a leader in green energy. Over 100,000 engineering hours have been invested in EverWind’s production facility, which will have generational impacts here in my riding of Cape Breton—Canso. Our government is proud to be supporting green economic developments in our rural communities, said Mike Kelloway, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton—Canso.

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