Canadian agency kicks off enviro review of Énergie Saguenay LNG project

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency said in a Jan. 15 public notice that it has commenced a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Énergie Saguenay Project, located in the District of La Baie, Saguenay City, Quebec.

The agency invites the public to comment by Feb. 15 on which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the environmental assessment. This is the second of four opportunities for the public to comment on this project. Following this comment period, the agency will finalize and issue the EIS Guidelines to the proponent.

GNL Québec Inc. is proposing the construction and operation of this natural gas liquefaction (LNG) facility and export terminal. The site of the project is located near the Grande-Anse marine terminal (Port of Saguenay). The main infrastructures are the natural gas liquefaction facilities with a production capacity of 11 million tons per year, port infrastructures for marine tanker loading of LNG, LNG storage tanks and support infrastructures. The wharf would be designed to accommodate vessels with a capacity of 100,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT).

The company plans to begin the project construction in 2018. The operation could start at the end of 2021 and would last a minimum of 25 years. The project investment is estimated at C$7.5 billion.

The complex will be powered by hydroelectricity, including the liquefaction trains, thus allowing for significantly lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than those of most existing similar-size LNG facilities worldwide, the company said in a November 2015 project summary filed with the agency.

GNL Québec is owned by Ruby River Capital LLC, which is incorporated in the United States, whose main partners are Freestone International LLC and Breyer Capital LLC. The shareholders have substantial international experience in the field of LNG plant design, development, construction, and operations, as well as significant knowledge of the global natural gas market, along with solid financing expertise of such infrastructure projects.

The estimated 550 MW required to power the proposed terminal will be supplied from the Hydro-Québec grid. Construction of a distribution line from an existing Hydro-Québec substation in Saguenay to the project site will be required. According to preliminary studies, the length of the new transmission line will be about 40 kilometers. Hydro-Québec will be responsible for building the transmission line.

Project contact information is: Michel G. Gagnon, President, GNL Québec Inc., mgagnon@gnlquebec.com, Phone: 418 973-5868 ext. 203.

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