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 initial Project location was selected because it offers an optimum combination of all the key components of a successful net-zero H2 project.
The Phase 1 facility site 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) within a larger, approximately 100-acre (40 ha) parcel held under a long-term option to lease. 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:
- an existing water conveyance and storage system, also owned and operated by the EID (see: https://www.eid.ca/irma_app.html);
- 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);
- an extensive all weather highway system with direct access to the Trans Canada highway
- a nearby railhead and railway main line operated by CP Rail at Cassils AB; and
- several nearby natural gas pipeline gathering, distribution and transmission systems including the NGTL system owned and operated by TC Energy.
Project Location Flexibility
Commercial net-zero H2 production requires the transport of electricity and water to the plant site and the resulting H2 from the plant to customers. While the selected site south-west of Brooks has excellent access to both electricity and water it is some distance from markets and so does require offsite H2 transportation.
IEPS is working with its customers to better understand their economic and operational needs. Once this has been completed, the proposed site location will be re-examined to ensure that the trade-offs between electricity, water and H2 transportation costs are 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.