EverWind Fuels Company, a developer of green hydrogen and ammonia production in Atlantic Canada, was successful in its response to the Province of Nova Scotia’s request for applications (RFA) to commence the process to lease Crown Land to provide power to its multi-phase green hydrogen hub development project at Point Tupper.
EverWind and the Province of Nova Scotia have entered into a memorandum of understanding in respect of the process for EverWind to exclusively apply for and obtain a lease of the Crown Land subject to the MOU. Such Crown Land is projected to support the development of approximately 2 GW of onshore wind-generation capacity. The intended onshore wind farm will enable EverWind to reach 1 million tons of annual green ammonia production capacity by 2026.
“The MOU for the lease of Crown Land for onshore wind-farm development is a crucial step forward for EverWind to develop gigawatt-scale green hydrogen and ammonia production,” said EverWind CEO Trent Vichie.
The Crown Land subject to the MOU is predominately located within the municipality of the District of Guysborough. EverWind is in the process of revising its proposed wind-farm development plan and will publicly share those proposed plans in upcoming months. The permitting and development of the wind farm will follow Nova Scotia Environmental Assessment regulations, including comprehensive effects studies and analysis, as well as public, stakeholder and rightsholder engagement, followed by submission of an environmental assessment.
“EverWind is committed to openness and transparency,” Vichie said. “We look forward to working closely with the municipality of the District of Guysborough to develop a sustainable project that supports their strategic development goals while respecting the interests of residents of the region.”
EverWind is proud to share this RFA success with the corporate entities of the First Nations of Paqtnkek (Bayside Corporate), Membertou, and Potlotek.
“For generations, Mi’kmaw were prevented from participating in and benefitting from the economic development of our natural resources; this project provides an opportunity to make the dreams of our grandparents a reality,” said Rose Paul, CEO of Bayside Development in Pagtnkek. “Economic reconciliation through meaningful partnerships in the development of our natural resources will advance our work toward becoming a sovereign nation and ensure prosperity for future generations. We are exercising our treaty rights to this land with a goal of creating energy sovereignty for our First Nation.”
“Since time immemorial, the Mi’kmaw have been stewards of this land,” said Chief Terry Paul, Membertou CEO. “EverWind recognized from the beginning that this project should be informed by two-eyed seeing practices. We are working in partnership with them to develop a project that aligns with Mi’kmaw values of respecting and protecting the environment while balancing the needs of people and nature.”
EverWind’s project is expected to create thousands of jobs and attract meaningful ancillary industry and technological IP to the region. The significant economic upside is compounded by a meaningful opportunity for Canada to continue supporting its European allies in the green-energy transition and ambitious decarbonization goals.
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