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.
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.
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