November 10, 2015 - Press releases
Montréal, November 10, 2015 - Gaz Métro LNG, L.P. (Gaz Métro LNG), a Gaz Métro subsidiary, is pleased to announce the signing of commercial agreements with National Grid's New England gas distribution companies. National Grid is one of the largest natural gas distributors in the U.S. northeast. Subject to the approval of the relevant regulatory bodies these three-year procurement contracts will provide National Grid with significant volumes of natural gas delivered in the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to supply its existing storage facilities. Gaz Métro LNG will produce the LNG in Gaz Métro's liquefaction, storage and regasification (LSR) plant in Montréal.
“LNG plays an important role in meeting the needs of our customers on the coldest days of the year,” said John Vaughn, National Grid Vice President of Energy Procurement. “Diversifying our LNG supply to fill our existing storage tanks and adding gas pipeline capacity in New England will help us better serve our customers for years to come.”
For Martin Imbleau, Vice President, Development and Renewable Energies at Gaz Métro, "National Grid is a major player in the New England natural gas industry and, with these agreements, Gaz Métro is reinforcing its presence in the regional LNG market, not only in Québec, but also in the northeastern United States. These major LNG contracts are in addition to existing agreements with various companies like the Société des traversiers du Québec, Transport Robert, Stornoway Diamonds and other New England clients."
These agreements were made possible thanks to the Gaz Métro LSR plant expansion project, which will increase the Montréal plant's liquefaction annual capacity from 3 billion to 9 billion cubic feet (9 Bcf). Carried out with our partner, Investissement Québec, the work is valued at approximately $120 million and will be completed by fall 2016.
An energy option for more than 50 years, LNG is becoming increasingly popular due to the significant advantages it offers its users. Firstly, LNG takes up 620 times less space than natural gas in its gaseous state, which means we can store and transport larger quantities of energy to customers who cannot be served by the traditional gas network. In addition to reducing the environmental footprint of its users, LNG is nontoxic, colourless, odourless, non-corrosive and cannot be diluted in water.
About Gaz Métro and Gaz Métro LNG
Gaz Métro LNG L.P. (Gaz Métro LNG) is a subsidiary of Gaz Métro that was created to market and sell liquefied natural gas (LNG). Investissement Québec is a shareholder of Gaz Métro LNG, with a 42% stake in the company.
With more than $6 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Québec, 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.