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GLE completes detailed engineering for ATCO hydrogen project

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Global Hydrogen Review,

Gas Liquids Engineering Ltd. (GLE) has announced the successful completion of detailed engineering for the integration of hydrogen production and storage as a part of ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd (ATCO)'s Fort Saskatchewan hydrogen blending project. The facility will use an electrolyser to produce hydrogen from water and electricity, which will then be briefly stored before being introduced into the existing natural gas distribution system to approximately 2100 customers. GLE was responsible for the detailed design of the onsite storage tank, vent stack, and piping connecting these facilities to ATCO's electrolyser and blending facility.

Blending began in October 2022 with approximately 5% hydrogen content, and ATCO intends to increase the blend rate to 20% in 2023. The customers receiving the hydrogen blended natural gas will experience no impact to the operation of the appliances within their homes, or the reliability of their natural gas service but benefit from reducing the carbon footprint of their homes. Using GLE's expertise, ATCO's next steps include integrating the electrolyser into the system to begin producing hydrogen directly onsite.

"GLE is pleased to work with ATCO towards producing increasingly environmentally friendly gas products. With the extensive natural gas network that exists in Canada, hydrogen blending into natural gas systems is a natural first step in the development of a hydrogen economy in Canada. GLE is pleased to work with ATCO on the integration of environmentally friendly solutions into the existing natural gas systems of Canada," Justin Wagner, Director of Facilities Engineering, Gas Liquids Engineering.

"With critical input from GLE, ATCO's hydrogen blending project is leading the country, which at 5% is already the highest blend rate in all Canada and is set to increase to 20% in late 2023. In the years to come, transitioning our customers' heating needs to hydrogen will cost less than other possible options, and still be as safe and reliable as natural gas is today, making it a key way to reduce emissions as our systems move to 100% hydrogen over time," Patrick Bain, Director, Hydrogen Projects & Technology Development, ATCO Gas & Pipelines Ltd.

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