Project Location

Project Location

Project Location

IEPS is proposing to build the Kitsim H2 Project in southeastern Alberta, within the County of Newell, near the Hamlet of Bow City, south-west of the City of Brooks. This location was specifically chosen because it is centrally located between several major markets and because it offers an optimum combination of all the key components of a successful renewable hydrogen and oxygen production project.

The facility site for Phase 1 will be between 5 to 10 acres (2 to 3 hectares) in size and located within a parcel of grazing lands owned by the Eastern Irrigation District (EID). The Phase 1 site will also be located within a larger, approximately 100 acre (40 ha) parcel proposed to be held by IEPS under long term option to lease from the EID. The larger site will be more than adequate to hold future expansions of the project up to the full 51,000 tonnes of H2 and 400,000 tonnes of O2 per year. The non-intensive agricultural nature of the region, the flat topography, the absence of any nearby homes, and the availability of land already set aside for later development will all help to ensure that there are no constraints to future expansion.

The Phase 1 facility site is also proximal to all of the infrastructure required for successful hydrogen production and transportation including:

  1. an existing water conveyance and storage system, also owned and operated by the EID (see: https://www.eid.ca/irma_app.html);
  2. a fully developed regional 138 kV and 240 kV power transmission system owned and operated by Alta Link (see: http://www.altalink.ca/albertas-electricity-system/overview.cfm);
  3. an extensive all weather highway system with direct access to the Trans Canada highway
  4. a nearby railhead and railway main line operated by CP Rail at Cassils AB; and
  5. several natural gas pipeline gathering, distribution and transmission systems including the NGTL system owned and operated by TC Energy.

Project Re-location

Commercial H2 production using electrolysis requires the transport of power and water to the plant site and the resulting H2 (and O2) from the plant to customers. While the selected site south-west of Brooks has excellent interconnection with both power and water it is some distance from markets and so does require offsite H2 and O2 transportation.

Since the costs of water transportation and electrical interconnection in southern Alberta are both relatively small when compared to H2 and O2 transportation costs, IEPS is working with its customers to better understand their economic and operational needs. Once these are better understood the proposed site location will be re-examined to ensure that the interplay between power, water and H2 and O2 transportation costs is optimized. Given the relatively small footprint of the facility and its very low environmental profile, relocation proximal to a customer is expected to be relatively simple to achieve.

Project location