The Gazoduq Project is led and managed by a handpicked team of dedicated people, consultants, and advisors who have a proven track record for developing and completing large-scale natural gas line projects in North America. Our vision is to develop a responsible, benchmark project, in close collaboration with the communities along the route.
The company is supported by major investors with international expertise in developing large-scale natural gas projects. Gazoduq intends to build an underground natural gas transmission line, of approximately 780 km long between northeastern Ontario and Saguenay, to supply its main customer, Énergie Saguenay, a future natural gas liquefaction facility.
This natural gas will be exported to Asia and Europe to replace more polluting forms of energy, like coal and oil. The project represents an investment of $5 billion, which will generate significant economic benefits for Quebec and Ontario, and will contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions worldwide.
Using the information obtained during the consultation process, our team of experts established a preliminary route within a preferred planning area (PPA) with low potential for social and environmental impacts. Its width varies, but averages about 400 metres. It is this area that will be inventoried in the environmental impact assessment statement.
From the outset, Gazoduq has ensured that it effectively engages with Indigenous communities enabling them to, amongst others, assess the project’s impact on their traditional activities. Discussions, which are part of a broad consultation process, will be continued until the gas transmission line is in service and thereafter.
Our approach is based on three essential principles:
- Information exchange
- Extensive Consultation Process
- Constructive dialogue
We’re proud of the relationships we have developed with communities and with the rigorous process put in place to ensure the public can actively contribute to the project development.
In this period of health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gazoduq, like any other company across the country, needs to revisit and adapt its activities by following the latest standards and best practices recommended by public health authorities.
Natural gas is not like oil. Lighter than air, it rises and then quickly disperses in the atmosphere without leaving a trace. Natural gas is insoluble. An underwater leak will cause bubbles to form that will rise quickly to the surface and then dissipate in the air, unlike petroleum products, which generally float on the water before evaporating.
R. Formal public consultations were begun when the project was announced and allowed us to identify a preferred planning area that minimizes impacts. Members of the public will also have the opportunity to express themselves during the review process at both the federal and provincial levels. The purpose of these consultations, information meetings and other forums is to ensure that communities are fully informed of all aspects of the project and that they have the opportunity to share their concerns and suggestions, both with the proponent and the relevant authorities. Gazoduq intends to pursue the dialogue with local and indigenous communities throughout the development process. Moreover, the public may call us or write to us at any time.