Hatch and Plan Group Support Bruce County and Saugeen First Nations Bruce Innovates Hydrogen Project

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December 7, 2020 |

Hatch and Plan Group Support Bruce County and Saugeen First Nations Bruce Innovates Hydrogen Project
  • Firms to provide feasibility study and business case to advance foundational hydrogen infrastructure project in the Bruce Region

Bruce County, Canada—Hatch Ltd. and Plan Group Inc. have been selected by Bruce County and Saugeen First Nation to support the foundational work required to advance the Bruce Innovates foundational hydrogen infrastructure project.

Intent on transforming the Bruce region into Canada’s Clean Energy Capital, the project will evaluate the feasibility of the power-to-gas demonstration of green hydrogen production and local energy storage capabilities as an initial step towards large scale deployment of hydrogen and eventual commercialization.

“As the world navigates the clean energy transition, Canada will play a key role in the green hydrogen space. And here in the Bruce Region, we are well positioned to become Canada’s hydrogen hub, providing solutions to use off-peak clean nuclear and renewable power with potential storage capabilities. We are very pleased to have Hatch and Plan Group supporting us to advance the clean technology evolution and make a significant contribution towards a low-carbon economy,” said Warden Mitch Twolan.

The Bruce Region is home to nuclear power provider Bruce Power who provides one-third of Ontario’s clean electricity. The region is also endowed with underground geologic formations capable of storing vast amounts of hydrogen.

” Working with Bruce County on clean energy initiatives in our territorial lands supports renewable energy options that are carbon-free, while developing next-generation skills growth and job creation across multiple industries like transportation, heating, and agriculture. This is something we are proud to support and makes sense for our future,” said Chief Lester Anoquot of Saugeen First Nation.
Hatch as lead consultant and Plan Group as sub-consultant will evaluate the feasibility of the Bruce Innovates business plan, which will include: developing the technical and economic feasibility study of the proposed project within the Canadian market; advancing project planning; and, suggesting initial demonstrations of hydrogen technologies. The firms plan to combine Hatch’s expertise in hydrogen, multi-disciplinary engineering, project management, and technology development with Plan Group’s local constructability and proven international hydrogen project experience to deliver this scope of work.

“Green hydrogen will play an important role in transitioning away from fossil fuels. Leveraging Hatch’s unique expertise and experience in hydrogen, this project presents an opportunity to set a clean energy standard in the region of Bruce County, one that can be mirrored in other Canadian jurisdictions and globally. We’re excited to support Bruce County as they seek to achieve this milestone initiative.”—Jim Sarvinis, Managing Director, Power, Hatch.
“Green hydrogen energy solutions will accelerate us toward more sustainable environmental and business model approaches in Canada. Hydrogen is fast becoming an essential energy source and needs to be part of the energy conversation. On this project, Plan Group will leverage proven international experience and knowledge through its global Bouygues Construction family of companies. We are pleased to support Hatch and Bruce County in advancing the hydrogen energy transformation in Canada.” —Michael McBean, Director, Business Development, Energy, Plan Group

About Hatch

At Hatch, we offer comprehensive services to the energy (oil & gas and power), infrastructure, and mining & metals sectors. This includes engineering, project execution, advisory, performance improvement, digital, environmental, earth sciences, and Indigenous engagement. Our engineering and project delivery skills cover all phases of activity—conceptualization, design, construction management, start-up and ramp-up to full operations—all of which are supported by an unparalleled ability to implement novel technologies. Our six decades of experience allows us to respond quickly with sustainable solutions that are smarter, more efficient, and more innovative. We draw upon our 9,000 staff operating in over 18 nations with experience spanning more than 150 countries to challenge the status quo and create positive change for our clients, our employees, and the communities we serve. We are entrepreneurs with a technical soul.

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About Plan Group

Every day across the technology, mechanical, and electrical fields, Plan Group designs, builds, maintains, and operates landmark projects across Canada. Through seamless execution across integrated disciplines, our multi-faceted organization has provided solutions in new construction, alterations, and ongoing maintenance for the past 65 years.

We are proud to combine our skills and experience with the global reach and expertise of our parent company, Bouygues Energies & Services, part of the Bouygues Construction family.

Our experienced, integrated, and fully supported service, commercial, facilities management, and large construction project teams are a powerful project force, designed to breakdown project challenges and exceed client expectations.

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