Ontario Construction News staff writer
WSP in Canada (WSP) has been awarded the detailed design contract for two hydrogen production and refueling operations being constructed to support Canadian Pacific’s (CP) Hydrogen Locomotive Program.
Construction is expected to begin in late 2022, with the first hydrogen to be supplied to CP hydrogen locomotive in 2023.
“Low carbon intensity hydrogen has the potential to be an integral part of Canada’s clean energy mix in the decades ahead,” said Satvinder Flore, executive vice-president, Energy, Resources and Industry, WSP in Canada. “Our team is proud to play an important role in Canada’s energy transition, helping companies develop new resources for the transition to a low-emission economy.”
Earlier this year, ATCO Group (ATCO) was awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction services (EPC) contract from CP. The hydrogen infrastructure at each site will include a 1MW electrolyzer, compression, storage and dispensing for locomotive refuelling. In Calgary, the electrolyzer will be powered in part by renewable electricity from CP’s existing 5 MW solar power facility co-located at CP’s headquarters.
In November 2021, CP announced the hydrogen locomotive program to include three locomotives and construction of the two Alberta-based refuelling locations. Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) will provide $15 million in funding.
“Alberta presents real opportunity for the development and execution of significant clean energy generation through hydrogen production, as well as solar, wind, and biofuel resources,” said Peter Hatcher, executive vice president, Western Canada and Territories, WSP in Canada. “This agreement presents an opportunity for our team to continue to demonstrate its expertise in the development of next generation clean energy projects.”