Charbone Hydrogen (TSXV:CH) signed a lease between its subsidiary, Charbone Hydrogen Manitoba, and the City of Selkirk for a land parcel of 4.6 acres west of Selkirk’s decommissioned wastewater treatment plant.
The lease terms stipulate Charbone Manitoba will design, construct and run the region’s first green hydrogen plant. Also, Charbone and Superior Propane will join forces to sell and distribute green dihydrogen into Manitoba and the prairies. The company intends to create a circular water economy using the “re-water” from the wastewater treatment plant to provide residual oxygen to the city’s wastewater pound.
“This is a very exciting achievement for Charbone to finalize the lease with the City of Selkirk and launch the environmental assessment process on our second green hydrogen production facility in Canada. The number of opportunities and projects using hydrogen that are arising from Charbone’s initiative of producing green hydrogen locally from the City of Selkirk, the government of Manitoba and from the Premier and her team are an incredible motivation for Charbone to continue to participate in the development of the Manitoban green hydrogen ecosystems and to support the transition of its economy towards a greener and more sustainable model,” said Dave B. Gagnon, chairman and CEO of Charbone.
Charbone is a Canadian-based green hydrogen company that develops modular and expandable hydrogen facilities. It buys hydropower plants in the United States and Canada and converts them to produce green dihydrogen molecules, which it then sells to industrial and commercial companies. The City of Selkirk is its latest move. Selkirk, Manitoba is a city on the banks of the Red River with a population of 11,000. It’s also on the front lines against climate change, having made investments and positioned itself to attract sustainable development.
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The company jumped through all the necessary regulatory hoops to date, and started sourcing the required environmental studies and reports. At the same time, Charbone Hydrogen intends to start financing, design and engineering during the projects initial development phase. The intended start date for deliveries is Q4, 2023.
Charbone is also one of the founders of the Manitoba Green Hydrogen Roundtable which has grown to over 20 stakeholders. The principle goal of this organization is the decarbonisation of the Manitoba economy in multiple sectors, including transportation and aviation.
“The signing of this agreement brings us one step closer to securing Manitoba’s first hydrogen production facility. As a green hydrogen producer, Charbone is in lockstep with Selkirk’s commitment to sustainable growth,” said Tim Feduniw, Selkirk’s director of sustainable development.
“The facility will result in local jobs and contribute to a stronger and stable local economy by stimulating innovation and growth in this evolving sector,” added Feduniw.