The government is launching a call for interest to begin the process of decarbonizing the Quebec economy (archives).
The Government of Quebec launched this week a call for x27;interest to begin the process of decarbonizing the province's economy. He wants to know all the possible projects, including those feasible on the North Shore.
Quebec unveiled its 2030 Green Hydrogen and Bioenergy Strategy last May.
In recent months, the cities of Baie-Comeau and Sept-Îles have been targeted by companies wishing to develop projects related to green hydrogen.
This is particularly the case of the German company Hy2gen, which wants to develop a major project in Baie-Comeau to build a green hydrogen and green ammonia production site.
This is also the case for Teal Chemicals & Énergie, which also wants to build a green hydrogen and ammonia production complex in the industrial-port area of Pointe-Noire, in Sept-Îles.
According to the Director of the Green Hydrogen and Bioenergy Development Office at the Quebec Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Mathieu Payeur, it is essential to ensure local green energy consumption in order to replace fossil fuels that are imported into the province.
According to Mathieu Payeur, very few details are revealed by the government concerning potential projects, but these are a voluntary approach on the part of Quebec.
“Regional energy ecosystems will be able to help us to promote local consumption.
— Mathieu Payeur, Director of the Green Hydrogen and Bioenergy Development Office at the Quebec Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources
A regional energy ecosystem is a voluntary grouping of organizations that want to work together and in a complementary way to produce, distribute and consume green hydrogen and bioenergy. The goal is to create a business network that helps reduce and spread risk.
Source : Ministry of l'Énergie et de Ressources naturelles du Québec
According to Mr. Payeur, regional energy ecosystems also aim to limit the distance traveled by the product. It is to reduce the transport between the raw material and the production effort, but also between production and consumption, he adds.
By launching a call for interest, the government wants to act as a catalyst by listing these projects, offering a support structure to promoters and ensuring government coordination.
Very few details are revealed by the government regarding the potential projects, but it is a voluntary approach on the part of Quebec, according to Mathieu Payeur.
The approach that has been launched does not mark out all the details, because we want the industry and stakeholders to take ownership of the concept and develop projects in line with the specific context of the region they are targeting, explains Mathieu Payeur.
By the end of the year, the Government of Quebec wishes to move on to the next stage, that of the call for projects in order to further study the projects proposals and to assess the funding available for them.
With information from Laurence Vachon