Shell Neptune–Building a Reliable Network of Hydrogen Stations

Summary

SCH Number
2021020406
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Shell Neptune–Building a Reliable Network of Hydrogen Stations
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
2/24/2021

Document Description
This project will support the build out of hydrogen refueling infrastructure to support the roll out of fuel cell vehicles in California. The nature of the project is installation of hydrogen refueling equipment at eight existing gas stations. Hydrogen refueling equipment consists of hydrogen storage tanks, and compression and dispensing equipment. Beneficiaries will include residents in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties and will expand to much of the surrounding area as these stations allow drivers to use fuel cell vehicles displacing polluting vehicles.

Contact Information
Sebastian Serrato
Responsible Agency
Responsible Agency
1516 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 891-9151
sebastian.serrato@energy.ca.gov

Location

Cities
Artesia Carlsbad City of Industry Long Beach Los Angeles Monrovia Newport Beach Torrance
Counties
Los Angeles Orange San Diego
Regions
Northern California San Francisco Bay Area Southern California
Cross Streets
2051 West 190th Street
Zip
90504

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15303, 15304
Reasons for Exemption
The project is to develop hydrogen refueling stations by adding hydrogen storage, compression, and dispensing equipment with an estimated maximum footprint of 2,000 square feet and trenching of up to 100 feet at existing retail gasoline stations. As to the equipment to be installed, the storage tanks will hold 600 and 1,200 kg of hydrogen at 55 bar. The hydrogen station will dispense at 770 and 1,420 kg per 24 hour period. Control valves will be pneumatically operated. All control valves fail in the safe direction (closed) after loss of utility power or instrument gas supply. All system alarms and shutdowns are displayed on the control panel face. Critical alarms are hard wired in addition to being connected through the Programmable Logic Controller. This adds an extra layer of safety to the system. Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, sect. 15301 provides that projects which consist of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, and which involve negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency’s determination, are categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act. The proposed project adds equipment to existing gasoline stations that covers an area which is approximately 800 to 2,000 square feet, with some excavation to accommodate the replacement equipment. This square footage is far less than that specified in one example provided in the Regulations (i.e., 14 C.C.R. § 15301(e)) of a minor addition to existing structures. Because the proposed sites are existing gas stations; the proposed addition of a hydrogen refueling facility will not significantly expand the use beyond that already existing; and the square footage of equipment installation is relatively small, the project falls within section 15301 and will not have a significant effect on the environment. Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, sect. 15303 provides that projects which consist of construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures; and the conversion of existing small structures from one use to another where only minor modifications are made in the exterior of the structure, are categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act. The proposed project consists of installation of small new equipment, including hydrogen storage of 600 and 1,200 kg capacity, and compression and dispensing equipment, at each site. Therefore, the proposed project falls within section 15303 and will not have a significant effect on the environment. Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, sect. 15304 provides that projects which consist of minor public or private alterations in the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees except for forestry or agricultural purposes, are categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act. For the installation of the equipment in this project, there will be up to 100 feet of trenching to connect storage and compression equipment to dispensers. No trees will be removed and the surface will be restored. This reflects exactly the example given in section 15304(f). Therefore, the proposed project falls within section 15304 and will not have a significant effect on the environment

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
09 NOE ARV-20-003 Equilon 2020-09-18 (12-16-2020)   PDF 150 K

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