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    Canada’s Questerre to Study Hydrogen Cleantech


Plan would help monetise substantial Utica shale gas resource

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Canada’s Questerre to Study Hydrogen Cleantech

Canada’s Questerre Energy, which has a Utica shale gas resource base in Quebec, estimated at 20 trillion ft3, said December 23 it would study the possibility of incorporating hydrogen into its Clean Tech Energy project in that eastern Canadian province.

Including hydrogen in Quebec’s natural gas supply has been under consideration for some time, Questerre CEO Michael Binnion said, including the feasibility of incorporating it into its Clean Tech Energy project. 

Further study will include assessing the environmental benefits and economics of green and blue hydrogen together with natural gas produced from the Clean Tech Energy project. Questerre is also evaluating the potential for carbon capture and storage associated with blue hydrogen.

“Our Clean Tech Energy project will produce natural gas with near zero emissions,” Binnion said. “Whether this clean gas is used to make hydrogen, to blend with hydrogen, or both, it will materially reduce emissions from the production and consumption of energy.”

The Clean Tech Energy project would utilise Quebec’s vast supply of renewable hydroelectricity to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from virtually all aspects of natural gas drilling, completion and production operations. It would also use new technologies to eliminate the use of potable water through recycling and by sourcing grey water from local sewage treatment plants and other facilities.