June 29, 2015 - Press releases
Montréal, June 29, 2015 – Gaz Métro welcomes the action plan announced this morning by the Government of Québec at the launch of the Maritime Strategy aimed, among other things, at promoting the use and transportation of more sustainable energy sources, including liquefied natural gas (LNG).
"Gaz Métro applauds Québec's first-ever maritime strategy, which includes fostering the use of natural gas as fuel—a key driver of Québec's sustainable economic development," said Stéphanie Trudeau, Vice President, Strategy, Communication and Sustainability at Gaz Métro. "Natural gas is a concrete solution for fighting climate change and allows local shipowners to comply with the increasingly stringent standards regarding polluting emissions on North America's waterways."
The use of liquefied natural gas makes it possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25%, compared with marine diesel oil, in addition to almost completely eliminating fine particle emissions and other air pollutants. LNG motors are also quieter and produce less vibration, which is more respectful of marine life. Remember that the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) opted for LNG to fuel its three new ferries, which are to be put into service over the next few months. Also, this high-performance, economical and cleaner fuel is a proven technology widely used for many years in road and maritime transport worldwide, particularly in Europe.
In support of the Plan Nord, LNG also makes it possible to provide cleaner energy to industries, mines and communities located outside the gas network. The Stornoway diamond company, for example, will be using LNG as its main energy source for its Renard project located in Nord-du-Québec.
With more than $6 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Quebec, where its network of over 10,000 km of underground pipelines serves more than 300 municipalities and more than 195,000 customers. Gaz Métro is also present in Vermont, producing electricity and distributing electricity and natural gas to meet the needs of more than 305,000 customers. Gaz Métro is actively involved in the development and operation of innovative, promising energy projects, including natural gas as fuel and liquefied natural gas as a replacement for higher emission-producing energies, the production of wind power, and the development of biomethane. Gaz Métro is a major energy sector player that takes the lead in responding to the needs of its customers, regions and municipalities, local organizations and communities while also satisfying the expectations of its Partners (Gaz Métro inc. and Valener) and employees.