With an investment of around $1.2bn, the facility could be capable of producing up to 1 million tonnes of hydrogen which could be a crucial development for the Canadian hydrogen economy.

The project, being developed by Fort Nelson First Nation and Hydrogen Naturally, will also integrate natural air carbon capture and storage in order to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the project. The hydrogen produced here will be produced by harvest residuals and residual fibre that are not currently used for high-value solid wood products.

Sharleen Gale, Chief of Fort Nelson First Nation, said, “Our nation is planning for a diversified economy in the territory, which includes vibrant and sustainable forestry and clean energy sectors.

“As Fort Nelson First Nation considers economic development options, true ownership is necessary, allowing our nation to plan opportunities for future generations.

“A partnership with H2N would include equity participation. Working alongside the H2N team, we see an opportunity to explore how First Nelson First Nation can meaningfully contribute to accelerating the hydrogen economy in BC and support the clean energy transition.

“We look forward to continuing discussions between H2N and my community in the months to come.”

Brian Fehr, Co-Chairman of Hydrogen Naturally, said, “Not only will H2N produce carbon-negative hydrogen with the manufacture of Bright Green Hydrogen, in partnership with Fort Nelson First Nation, we will also provide stable, long-term forestry jobs and a local market for residual fibre.”

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