Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Shell Canada have signed a Memorandum of Understanding relating to the production of low-carbon hydrogen through the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) at a site near Edmonton, Canada. MC aims to build and start-up the low-carbon hydrogen facility near the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Scotford towards the latter half of this decade, and Shell would provide CO2 storage via the proposed Polaris CCS project. The low-carbon hydrogen, commonly called blue hydrogen, would be produced via a natural gas feedstock and exported mainly to the Japanese market to produce clean energy.
The first phase of the project aims to produce approximately 165 000 tons per annum of hydrogen, with the opportunity to increase production depending on various considerations during future phases. The hydrogen would be converted to low-carbon ammonia for export to Asian markets.
The plant would be built near the Edmonton region, which this year was announced as Canada's first hydrogen hub. The location was chosen because of the availability of abundant natural gas resources, proven CO2 storage capacity, and shared infrastructure opportunities. By co-locating at Shell Scotford, both companies will explore potential synergies such as land use and utilities integration.