Energy (Hydrogen and Alternative Fuels)

Overview

The global energy sector is on the cusp of change, with shifting economic and geopolitical realities presenting new challenges and opportunities. At the forefront of this change is an increased focus on hydrogen, biogas and alternative energy sources. 

Hydrogen is becoming a focal point for governments around the world, including Canada through its Hydrogen Strategy, as they focus on transitioning towards low carbon economies. A clean and sustainable form of energy, hydrogen is increasingly being harnessed by conventional energy producers, transportation companies, power suppliers and governments as a pathway to reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions and creating economic opportunities over the near, mid, and long-term future. Access to vast natural gas resources, existing infrastructure and extensive expertise in hydrocarbon upgrading and carbon sequestration position Canada to be a world leader in this emerging industry. However, along with the immense opportunities come inherent complexities and challenges that your business must navigate – including a nascent regulatory landscape, to sourcing renewables supplies, evaluating hydrogen production technologies, understanding supply chain issues and much more.

Having access to strategic and experienced legal counsel is crucial to maneuvering through the complexities and evolving regulatory and business landscapes associated with the hydrogen and alternative fuels sector.

Osler is in a unique position to combine our in-depth knowledge of the energy sector across Canada.. Our full-service, end‑to‑end offering includes all of the major areas of expertise that impact the hydrogen, biogas and alternative fuels sector, including infrastructure, project finance, M&A, capital markets, regulatory, environmental, indigenous, real estate and tax. We have extensive expertise in the development of the most significant and complex energy projects across Canada. We have also been heavily involved in the development and financing of Canada’s largest renewable energy projects, having worked on numerous biomass, biogas, wind, solar, hydro and waste heat recovery projects and the power purchase agreements in connection with those projects.

Consistently acknowledged as one of Canada’s leading energy law firms, we combine our existing knowledge of the energy sector with expertise in infrastructure and emerging technology areas to provide a seamless service offering that is unparalleled in the Canadian legal marketplace. We understand that your needs are unique, and we will partner with you to develop specific solutions tailored to your strategic objectives.

 

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  • Canadian Natural Resources Limited

    Canadian Natural Resources Limited in its successful joint proposal with North West Upgrading Inc. to the Alberta Government to construct and operate a bitumen refinery near Redwater, Alberta. The North West Sturgeon Refinery produces hydrogen that is used for refinery operations, as well as a dry CO2 stream that is captured and sold to third parties through the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line.

  • Shell Canada Limited

    Shell Canada Limited with regard to its 255,000 bbl/d Scotford Upgrader and Upgrader Expansion Project near Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta (including two public hearings before the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board). The Scotford Upgrader produces hydrogen that is used for refinery operations and captures CO2 for storage at the Shell Quest project.

  • A confidential client

    A confidential client regarding a potential multi-billion dollar blue hydrogen project in Alberta, including project financing and regulatory considerations.

  • A confidential client

    A confidential client regarding a potential helium project in Western Canada.

  • A confidential client

    A confidential client on the construction and operation of a hydrogen gas production facility in Canada and the supply of hydrogen gas to a purchaser for use as fuel for transportation vehicles.

  • Atomic Energy of Canada

    Atomic Energy of Canada in the development and construction of its Hydrogen Isotopes Technology Laboratory located at Chalk River, ON.

  • Kiewit Construction Ltd.

    Kiewit Construction Ltd. on the construction of and equity investment in a bio-refinery plant using anerobic digestion technology to convert poultry litter and processing residuals into renewable natural gas and fertilizer in Maryland, USA. Retainer included review and support on EPC, RNG offtake, feedstock agreement, complex equity investment arrangements, shareholder agreements, JV arrangements, and non-recourse project financing.

  • Generate Capital Inc.

    Generate Capital Inc. in its acquisition of StormFisher Environmental, Inc. owner and operator of 2.85 megawatt biogas power generation facilities and renewable natural gas upgrading facilities located in London, ON, including commercial support on biogas purchase agreement documentation, feedstock supply documentation, construction EPC and non-recourse project financing with CWB Maximum

  • Generate Capital, Inc.

    Generate Capital, Inc. its acquisition and development of an organics pre-processing centre in Drumbo, ON, including real estate, environmental regulatory, construction EPC and corporate and financing support.

  • General Motors of Canada Company

    General Motors of Canada Company in its landfill gas supply agreement with Integrated Gas Recovery Services Inc. and Walker Environmental Group Inc., to supply landfill gas to GM’s 6.4MW combined heat and power facilities at its plant in St. Catharines, ON.

  • IESO

    IESO on the negotiation and drafting of the Biomass Energy Supply Agreements with Ontario Power Generation Inc. in respect of the conversion (to biomass) of the Atikokan and Thunder Bay facilities, including commercial arrangements for pelletized biomass fuel supply.

  • IESO

    IESO on the Phase II RFP for utility-scale, long duration energy storage projects, including the development of a unique form of capacity contract to accommodate the requirements of these emerging technologies.

  • EnCana Corporation

    EnCana Corporation in its application for a pilot carbon capture and sequestration project.

  • Chemical manufacturing, oil and gas, asset managers, electronic marketplace, industrial suppliers and purchasers of steam, CO2 and energy sector clients

    Chemical manufacturing, oil and gas, asset managers, electronic marketplace, industrial suppliers and purchasers of steam, CO2 and energy sector clients on the regulatory requirements to provide emissions trading products and services and climate change and environmental attributes considerations in the context of commercial transactions.

  • Mustus Energy Ltd.

    Mustus Energy Ltd. with regard to certain commercial agreements in respect of its 41.5 megawatt biomass-fuelled power generation plant in La Crete, Alberta.

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