The Gazoduq Project (Project) consists of the construction and operation on more than 780 km underground natural transmission line between northeastern Ontario and Saguenay, Quebec. The Project will supply natural gas from Western Canada to its primary customer Énergie Saguenay, a future natural gas liquefaction plant that will set a new benchmark in the LNG industry for environmental performance and will be the main client of the Gazoduq project.
- The Project, through its supply of natural gas, will help reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as the Energie Saguenay facility will export LNG to Europe, Asia and potentially other global markets. In doing so, the Project will facilitate the displacement of coal and fuel oil which are higher in GHG emissions and other pollutants.
- According to Transport Canada, gas transmission lines are the safest mode of energy transportation (*Source: Transport Canada).
Preferred Planning Area
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.
Our vision is to develop a responsible, benchmark project, in close collaboration with the communities along the route.
We are committed to building a natural gas transmission line that respects local and Indigenous practices and culture, by minimizing the impacts on plants and wildlife and maximizing local economic benefits. This project will be executed diligently and transparently, while providing fact-based communication on the Project. Our approach is based on three essential principles:
- Information exchange
- Respecting Indigenous communities and stakeholders
- Constructive dialogue
We wish to create positive relationships with host communities along the route as well as develop business partnerships with Quebec and Ontario companies along the way.
Montréal, October 22nd, 2019 – Gazoduq is pleased to confirm that it has filed its Initial Project Description, with the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC). With this filing, the company has taken another step in the federal impact assessment process for its underground natural gas transmission line project. The Initial Project Description highlights the significance and the rigour that underlie Gazoduq’s values and regulatory approach.
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.