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Braya partner awarded exclusive rights to develop Toqlukuti’k wind-hydrogen project for biorefinery

The refinery-conversion project in Come By Chance, Newfoundland and Labrador, is expected to initially be capable of producing approximately 260 mgy of renewable diesel and SAF. (Photo: Braya Renewable Fuels)

Braya Renewable Fuels announced Sept. 6 that its partner, ABO Wind, was awarded exclusive rights under a Crown-land award by the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador to pursue development of the Toqlukuti’k Wind and Hydrogen Ltd. project.

In March, at the conclusion of a thorough request-for-proposal (RFP) process, Braya issued an exclusive letter of support to ABO Wind for the joint development of green-hydrogen production at its refinery in Come By Chance.

The Crown-land decision has awarded ABO Wind exclusive rights to 267,000 acres, or 417 square miles, in close proximity to the refinery.

“As an experienced pioneer in the development of renewable energy projects, ABO Wind will be a great partner in Braya’s mission to meet the growing global demand for renewable fuels,” said Frank Almaraz, CEO of Braya Renewable Fuels.

“Securing the land for our joint project is a significant milestone toward realizing Braya’s vision to become a world leader in renewable fuels production,” Almaraz added. “We look forward to working with ABO Wind to add green hydrogen to our portfolio.”

The Toqlukuti’k Wind and Hydrogen Ltd. project is a multiphased, integrated project that will provide green hydrogen to meet Braya’s needs as well as green ammonia for global export.

“As the conversion of the Come By Chance refinery nears completion, Braya is proud of the power of its partnerships with likeminded organizations and our local community,” the company stated. “They remain instrumental to achieving our vision of decarbonizing heavy transportation through the production of renewable fuels like renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel and green hydrogen.”

Braya Renewable Fuels owns and operates the Come By Chance Refinery, located in Newfoundland and Labrador, and is converting it to manufacture hydrotreated biofuels, the process of which requires hydrogen.

The use of green hydrogen will lower even further the carbon intensity of these biofuels that are already low-carbon fuels.

Founded in 1996, the Germany-based ABO Wind has realized more than 5,000 megawatts of capacity to date and has also constructed half of them.

ABO Wind Canada Ltd. was founded in 2017 with an office in Calgary, Alberta, and opened a second Canadian office in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in June 2022.

ABO Wind Canada is developing a pipeline of more than 1,400 megawatts of grid-connected wind, solar and storage projects and more than 11,000 megawatts of renewables for green hydrogen.


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