World Energy GH2 acquires the Port of Stephenville for green hydrogen projects

World Energy GH2 Inc. announced that it has successfully closed the acquisition of the Port of Stephenville. The port is a critical piece of infrastructure as World Energy GH2 works to advance green energy projects in Atlantic Canada.

The acquisition of the port is an important step toward the shipping of green hydrogen and green ammonia to global markets. In order to fulfill the 2022, Canada- Germany Hydrogen Alliance, Project Nujio’qonik aims to produce green hydrogen in 2025.

Sean Leet says the acquisition of the port is a key milestone for Project Nujio’qonik.

“The Port of Stephenville is the cornerstone of our project and will position the Bay St. George area as a green energy hub,” said Leet.  “As a project and an industry, we are building serious momentum here. In just the last few weeks, several key pieces have come together, including the partnership agreement with SK ecoplant, marking the first overseas investment in a Canadian green hydrogen project. Now, we have acquired the Port of Stephenville, a key asset for the production and shipping of green hydrogen and green ammonia. These are important de-risking milestones in the development of our project – and in the launch of a new industry. We look forward to investing in, expanding, upgrading and operating a world-class port for clean energy development here in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

John Risley says the project will help make net zero a reality.

“Project Nujio’qonik will be the first project in the country to produce hydrogen and ammonia from renewable wind energy at scale, so we can make good on Canada’s promise to Germany by 2025,” said Risley. “Our port and our project will serve as a catalyst for other green hydrogen projects in Atlantic Canada and beyond. And it’s a project of which we will all be proud. But this isn’t just about our project or our region; this is about an entire industry, and Canada’s responsibility to manage a timely and effective energy transition that will create opportunities and prosperity for generations to come.”

The Port of Stephenville will follow protocols from leading European ports to ensure robust international safety standards. The World Energy GH2 team is committed to upholding the highest standards for the safe shipping of green ammonia. World Energy GH2 plans to begin site preparation for the construction of the green hydrogen plant following environmental approvals and permitting.

World Energy GH2 wishes to thank the former port owners, Dale Merkel and Theresa Keeping, operating under Port Harmon Authority Limited, for their solid past stewardship of the port. Merkel and Keeping operated the port year-round as a sheltered, deep sea and ice-free port. World Energy GH2 is pleased to acquire the port from Merkel and Keeping, and appreciates their assistance in advancing Atlantic Canada’s green energy industry by supporting the sale of the Port of Stephenville.

Effective today, under contract with World Energy GH2, Horizon Maritime Services will assume management of the Port of Stephenville, and existing Port of Stephenville employees will continue to be employed in their current roles.

Haseeb Ullah

Haseeb covers the global energy market for both conventional and modern energy resources. His expertise is on the global energy supply chain from generation to distribution and end-users. He has a Master degree in Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
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