Saint John New Brunswick US headquartered Irving Oil has announced plans to expand its hydrogen capacity at the Saint John refinery, with the goal of offering hydrogen fuelling infrastructure in Atlantic Canada, making the company the first to introduce hydrogen to the regional market. In formalizing an agreement to purchase a hydrogen electrolyzer, Irving Oil will be the first oil refinery in Canada, and one of the first in North America, to make such an investment in this type of clean energy solution. The company’s initial investment in a 5-megawatt electrolyzer, developed by New York hydrogen technology company Plug Power, is expected to be fully operational by late 2023, and will play a significant role in exploring further hydrogen production to drive emission reductions at the Saint John refinery, as well as clean energy solutions for downstream customers. Once fully operational, the electrolyzer will produce 2 tonnes of hydrogen per day – the equivalent to fuelling 60 buses with hydrogen.Irving Oil Saint John Refinery is the largest producer of hydrogen in Atlantic Canada and one of the largest producers in Canada generating more than 200 tonnes of hydrogen per day, which is used to lower the sulphur content of petroleum products at the refinery. While currently, hydrogen at the facility is produced with natural gas, the hydrogen electrolyzer will create hydrogen using electricity from the local electricity grid.