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Gaz Métro LNG to meet peak electricity demand

LNG Industry,

Gaz Métro has welcomed the application filed by Hydro-Québec Distribution with the Régie de l'énergie, which aims to use LNG from the company’s existing plant to meet peak demand for electricity (from winter 2018).

Strategic tool

Commenting on the positive step, Stéphanie Trudeau, VP, Strategy, Communication and Sustainability at Gaz Métro, said: “This innovative solution involves allowing the TransCanada Energy (TCE) power plant in Bécancour, which has not produced electricity for several years now, to become a strategic tool for meeting the needs of Quebecers during very cold spells, by supplying it with LNG for the equivalent of approximately 100 hours a year.

“We are pleased that natural gas that will be liquefied in our Montréal plant can play a judicious and economical role in responding to complex, occasional energy supply issues.”

LNG supply

Gaz Métro subsidiaries will supply, build and operate an LNG storage and vaporisation site close to the TCE power station in order to supply the natural gas required to generate electricity during winter peak demand periods.

The construction of an additional liquefaction train is currently underway at Gaz Métro's liquefaction, storage and regasification (LSR) plant. The new LNG capacities will be available as of 2016.

“By using the existing infrastructure of the Gaz Métro LSR plant and of the TCE plant, we are making it possible to reliably and efficiently manage Hydro-Québec's electrical power demand as of winter 2018–2019 - a need that has been recognised by the Régie de l'énergie,” Trudeau concluded.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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