Energie Saguenay LNG Terminal
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Energie Sanuenay LNG Terminal was a proposed LNG terminal in Port Saguenay, Quebec, Canada, also known as GNL Québec Terminal. The project was effectively cancelled in July 2021 when the provincial government rejected the proposal.
- Parent: GNL Quebec (a subsidiary of Ruby River Capital LLC)
- Location: Port Saguenay, Quebec, Canada
- Coordinates: 48.441644, -70.697435 (approximate)
- Type: Export
- Trains: 2
- Capacity: 11 mtpa (5.5 mtpa per train)
- Status: Cancelled
- Start Year: 2025
Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day
GNL Quebec had been developing the Énergie Saguenay Project since 2014, involving the construction of a natural gas liquefaction complex at Port Saguenay. The goal was to export 11 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year, sourced from western Canada. The Project included liquefaction equipment, storage facilities, and marine shipping infrastructures. The Project was worth an estimated US$7.2 billion and was slated to start operations in 2025. GNL Quebec aimed to build the world’s first LNG facility of such magnitude to be powered by hydroelectricity from a preexisting local grid. The LNG complex would be installed on lands belonging to the Administration portuaire de Saguenay (Saguenay Port Authority), adjacent to the existing Grande-Anse port facilities. Natural gas supply would have required a new gas pipeline, called the Energie Saguenay Gas Pipeline, linking the facility to the main transportation system in northeastern Ontario, making it possible to source gas from western Canada. Gazoduq inc. was the company developing the new infrastructure. A strategic partnership, with a view to future shipments of LNG from Canada to Europe, was formed between GNL Québec and the Hanseatic Energy Hub, the owners of the proposed Stade LNG Terminal near Hamburg in Germany.
There had been no progress on the project since 2014, and in March 2020 Berkshire Hathaway announced that it would not be investing roughly $3 billion in the project. According to media reports, the Berkshire Hathaway decision was linked to rail blockades opposing pipeline construction in British Columbia.
The project was effectively cancelled in July 2021 when the provincial government rejected the project, citing that developers had failed to prove that it would cut global greenhouse gas emissions.
Articles and resources
- Gordon Jaremko, Quebec Quashes Energie Saguenay LNG Terminal on Environmental Grounds, Natural Gas Intel, July 22, 2021
- Barry Cassell, Canadian agency reviews application for Énergie Saguenay LNG project in Quebec, Transmission Hub, December 4, 2015
- "Project Summary" Energie Sanuenay, accessed April 2019
- Anthony Wright, "Low-carbon supply chain for LNG from Canada to Germany announced", Gas World, Jun. 4, 2021
- Alison Healey, "Berkshire Hathaway Drops Canadian LNG Project," The Motley Fool, March 6, 2020