A 2nd major green hydrogen plant project in Baie-Comeau

A 2nd major green hydrogen plant project in Baie-Comeau

UPDATE DAY

While Quebec has just announced its first green hydrogen strategy last May, another European firm is knocking on its door to build a plant in Baie-Comeau, on the North Shore.< /strong>

In recent days, Universal Kraft Canada Inc. has registered as a lobbyist to “confirm the receipt of social license for the proposed construction of a hydrogen plant green”.

“Green” hydrogen is produced from electricity and “grey” hydrogen, fossil fuels. Barely 2% of the world's hydrogen is green.

In its registration, Universal Kraft Canada Inc., of Calgary, specifies that it carries out its lobbying activities for its Portuguese subsidiaries Basemotion Lda and UH2.

Founded in Sweden in 2000, Universal Kraft has notably developed solar energy in Portugal, Spain, Malaysia and Canada.

Six ministers targeted

In total, the company is seeking six Quebec ministers, including the Minister of the Economy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, and that of Energy, Jonatan Julien.

The Minister of Energy's office says they have not met with Universal Kraft Canada Inc. and that the firm has not contacted him.

Joined in Alberta, newly registered lobbyist Edward Alberts did not didn't want to say more to the Journal given the embryonic state of the discussions.

After Hy2Gen in February

At the Baie-Comeau Port Management Corporation, its general manager, Karine Otis, has confirmed that it is in discussion with Universal Kraft and the German firm Hy2Gen, which has a project worth nearly a billion dollars in its yard.

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“We talked to them. We haven't met them in person,” she limited herself to saying about Universal Kraft.

Last February, the Caisse de depot et placement du Québec, Hy24, Mirova and Technip Energies have invested $261 million in Hy2Gen.

Over the past year, an envelope of $15 million  has been devoted to innovation in the hydrogen sector, in addition to 30  M$ from the Green Economy Plan.