GNL Québec has been developing the Énergie Saguenay Project since 2014, involving the construction of a natural gas liquefaction complex at Port Saguenay. The goal is to export 11 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year, sourced from western Canada. The Project includes liquefaction equipment, storage facilities, and marine shipping infrastructures. The Project is worth an estimated CAN $9 billion and is slated to start operations in 2025.
GNL Québec aims to build the world’s first LNG facility of such magnitude to be powered by hydroelectricity from a preexisting local grid. This will significantly contribute to lowering GHG emissions and operating costs, compared to similar large-scale LNG plants across the industry.
In addition to generating major economic benefits in Quebec over the short, mid and long term, the Project aims to support the fight against climate change in Europe, Asia, and other parts of the globe by offering transition energy that is cleaner than those currently in use, such as coal and fuel oil.
The LNG complex will be installed on lands belonging to the Administration portuaire de Saguenay (Saguenay Port Authority), adjacent to the existing Grande-Anse port facilities. During the four-year construction period, the Project should create some 6,000 direct and indirect jobs, with 4,000 during the peak period. In addition to this, there will be 1,100 direct and indirect jobs once in operation, of which 250-300 will be shared between the facility and the administrative offices in Saguenay.
Natural gas supply will require a new gas pipeline linking the facility to the main transportation system in northeastern Ontario, making it possible to source gas from western Canada. Gazoduq inc. is the company developing the new infrastructure.
Further information about the Project is available in the “Documentation” section of our Website, where you will find the export license application, submitted to the National Energy Board (NEB) in the fall of 2014. You can also go to the “Environmental Assessment” section to learn more about the dealings with the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte Contre les Changements Climatiques (MELCC) (Quebec Department of the Environment and Fight against Climate Change) and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA).