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World Energy GH2 presents its new environmental impact study in NL.

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Feb4,2024

World Energy GH2 presents its new study ;environmental impact in NL.

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World Energy GH2 plans to build 328 wind turbines in western Newfoundland to power a hydrogen production plant and ammonia.


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The World Energy GH2 consortium provided a more detailed environmental analysis of its proposed wind farm in western Newfoundland to the provincial government on Tuesday.

In the fall, the province indicated that it needed more details before approving the project.

We have fulfilled our obligation to answer these questions by providing the requested information, World Energy GH2 President John Risley said last week.

He believes that his group has responded comprehensively to government requests and that the province will now review our responses.

The Nujio& project #x27;qonik proposes to build 328 wind turbines and a hydrogen and ammonia production plant on the Port-au-Port peninsula and in the Codroy valley.

In August, the World Energy GH2 consortium submitted the first documents relating to the environmental impacts of its project to the government.

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At the end of October, Newfoundland's Minister of Environment and Climate Change -Labrador Bernard Davis said the province requires a more detailed environmental analysis before the project can move forward.

World Energy's new GH2 proposal was sent out and made public on January 30, 2024. A public consultation period is ongoing until March 20 and a decision is expected in April.

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Billionaire John Risley leads the World Energy GH2 megaproject in western Newfoundland. (Archive photo)

John Risley believes the project will be approved since his company responded to the many questions raised by the province.

He also confirmed that World Energy GH2 still believes it can produce hydrogen by the end of 2025 and ammonia by early 2026 at its Stephenville plant.

The 513-page environmental analysis submitted Tuesday features many new details, changes and improvements.

For example, it says the wind farm in Port -Au-Port will be smaller than expected, going from 171 turbines to 155.

The company also provides more details on the implementation of its 50-megawatt auxiliary power system. A backup system, either a piston engine or gas-powered turbines, will operate a generator which will be used when there is no wind.

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Many citizens oppose the wind farm project in Port-au-Port. (File photo)

In the fall, the provincial government said it was unclear whether World Energy GH2 had entered into an agreement with the Hydro Newfoundland and Labrador electrical network to have the energy necessary to carry out its projects.

World Energy GH2 wanted to purchase up to 155 megawatts of electricity from Hydro Newfoundland and Labrador, equivalent to one-fifth of the electricity produced at Muskrat Falls Dam.

According to the new documents, discussions between World Energy GH2 and Hydro Newfoundland and Labrador for the sale of this electricity have been ongoing since mid-2022.

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World Energy GH2 plans to connect to Hydro Newfoundland and Labrador's grid through the Stephenville station.

Hydro Newfoundland and Labrador has shared feedback and technical advice to World Energy GH2 to ensure its plan is consistent with what Hydro Newfoundland and Labrador considers acceptable connectivity, can we read in the environmental analysis of World Energy GH2 submitted on Tuesday.

An impact study on the network is underway.

The province indicates that these responses will also be considered during the public comment period.

A spokesperson for the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Climate Change specifies that the members of the environmental assessment committee will come from several federal and provincial departments.

Based on information fromElizabethWhitten of< em>CBC

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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