VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – October 10, 2018) – HTEC and Harnois Groupe pétrolier (HGP) today announced they have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to partner on hydrogen refueling activities. HTEC is a globally recognized leader in sustainable hydrogen fuel supply solutions for zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). HGP is a leading station owner and petroleum-product supplier operating more than 400 gas stations in Quebec; the company plans to open the province’s first hydrogen refueling station in Quebec City within the next few months.
The terms of the LOI outline the steps HTEC and HGP will take to build a partnership to develop a retail hydrogen refueling station network in Quebec and other regions in Canada. HTEC is building a six-station network to support the initial rollout of fuel cell electric vehicles in British Columbia, and opened Canada’s first retail hydrogen station in Vancouver in June. The knowledge and experience HTEC has developed in BC will help expedite the network rollout in Quebec. Station infrastructure in the province is needed to help car companies comply with Quebec’s recently introduced Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate.
We couldn’t develop the first wave of hydrogen refueling stations in Canada without strong working relationships with companies supporting the drive towards cleaner transportation solutions. Quebec is a market primed for zero-emission vehicles and Harnois, with its large station network, is an important connection as we expand into the province. With the BC station network well underway, we are excited to be working with Harnois to explore possibilities for Quebec’s hydrogen refueling network.
Colin Armstrong, CEO, HTEC
We see hydrogen as an important part of our portfolio of future energy alternatives. We want to work with companies who have the expertise required to help us to deliver refueling solutions that make sense for our business and our customers. We are proud to be working with a Canadian company like HTEC to help shape the multi-energy refueling station of tomorrow.
Serge Harnois, Chairman and CEO, Harnois Groupe Pétrolier
HTEC is unlocking the potential of hydrogen to reduce urban air pollution and the impacts of climate change by designing and building hydrogen fuel supply solutions to support the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. Partnering with government, industrial gas companies, key equipment suppliers, automotive companies, and energy companies, HTEC is delivering safe, reliable, convenient, sustainable and low-cost hydrogen to customers and consumers, how, when and where they need it. HTEC is currently running a crowdfunding campaign. Learn more at htec.ca/invest. HTEC: Fueling the Drive to Hydrogen.
About Harnois Groupe pétrolier
Harnois Groupe pétrolier (HGP) was founded in 1958 and specializes in the sale and distribution of wholesale and retail petroleum products, lubricants and speciality products. It serves markets in Quebec, Nunavut and Labrador and is currently expanding to other Canadian provinces. The company is supported by a network of associated companies and a wide network of sub-distributors to meet the needs of consumers in six market segments: retail, commercial/service, industrial, residential, agricultural and aviation. Harnois Groupe pétrolier distributes products and services under the Esso and Mobil brands as well as under private labels Harnois, Pétro-T, H-Go, Diesel Express and Le magasin.
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