Initial H2 Storage and Transportation

The Alberta government intends to move Alberta to the forefront of the North American hydrogen economy which will likely eventually require a dedicated pipeline system and an integrated H2 gas marketing system.

The companies responsible for Alberta’s gas transportation pipelines are still assessing how this might best be carried out. Once this has been accomplished, IEPS will be able to move quickly to complete its own near-term gas storage and transportation plans.

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Source: The Future of Hydrogen, International Energy Agency, p72, 2019

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Source: The Future of Hydrogen, International Energy Agency, p72, 2019

Longer Term H2 Storage and Transportation

While during the initial Project phase little on-site H2 storage is expected to be required, the facility has been designed to easily include above ground compression and storage. In addition, it is also quite conceivable that the H2 market could grow to the point where there are significant advantages from being able to store H2 geologically (i.e. underground). The proposed project location is also ideal for this possibility as it is proximal to several depleted and partially depleted natural gas reservoirs.

With respect to longer term transportation, the proposed site is also only a few kilometres from rail head and already fully served by an all-weather highway system and so well suited for the delivery of H2 gas directly to market by either rail or truck. Road and rail transportation can be easily advanced should pipeline transportation be unable to meet market demand.