About LNG

When cooled to -160°C, natural gas changes from a gas to a liquid. In liquid form, it takes up 600 times less space than in its gaseous state. In the same space, it is therefore possible to store 600 times more energy with LNG than with natural gas in a gaseous state—a definite advantage in terms of transportation and storage.
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Supply dynamics

Liquefied natural gas comes from Gaz Métro’s liquefaction, storage and regasification (LSR) plant in Montréal East, in operation for 45 years. Once liquefied, natural gas is stored in the plant’s cryogenic tanks. The plant has a loading dock for filling tanker trucks, which supply refuelling stations or service customers directly. LNG can then be distributed to customers within a radius of over 1,000 km from the LSR plant. The addition of a second liquefaction train will increase the plant’s LNG production from 3 to 9 billion cubic feet starting in 2016.
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LNG, an efficient solution for reducing greenhouse gas

LNG, an efficient solution for reducing greenhouse gasLNG can also improve a company’s environmental footprint because it generates considerably less GHG and air pollutants than oil products. Transportation and industry are the largest emitters of greenhouse gas in Québec. Converting to natural gas in these sectors would reduce GHG emissions by up to 25% compared to diesel, and by up to 32% compared to oil, and allow for substantial potential savings based on each customer’s profile.
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Sectors using LNG

The energy needs of a number of sectors can now be met with LNG: heavy transportation, maritime transport and industrial and mining facilities located in remote areas not served by the gas network. 
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Living blue means choosing comfort and the pleasure of home living

Efficient, practical and safe, natural gas is the energy choice of many a Québec family. From air and water heating to cooking and drying, using natural gas makes living spaces even more pleasant.
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Natural gas is commonly used to heat large spaces in hospitals, schools, warehouses, office buildings, arenas, and stores, as well as smaller spaces like restaurants, convenience stores and hair salons. It is also used for heating water, cooking and as fuel for commercial fleets.

The use of natural gas is also widespread in the industrial sector

Gaz Métro’s clientele includes aluminium plants and businesses in the mining, papermaking, agrifood and metallurgy sectors, all of which consume nearly half of the company’s natural gas deliveries. Since natural gas is the only energy source with a high enough calorific value to replace heavy fuel oil, industries use it not only to heat air and water, but also for processing methods.

Clean and economical energy

Less costly than electricity and heavy fuel oil, natural gas can cut the energy bills of businesses and industries in half. Opting for natural gas also means choosing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. When a plant uses natural gas instead of oil, it cuts its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 32%, it almost completely abolished the emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulphurs (those responsible for acid rain ) as well as the fine particles and it saves up to 40% on energy costs — key to continued development and improved profitability.

Natural gas is also a fuel

Liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas motors are a proven technology commonly used for many years in road and maritime transport worldwide. As the best alternative fuel to diesel or gasoline for heavy-duty vehicles, natural gas in transportation also reduces GHG emissions by as much as 25%. No less than 22 million vehicles worldwide are already blue-fuelled.
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Blog articles on natural gas in transportation

Natural gas is gaining popularity in Québec as the choice for fuel. Stay abreast of the latest developments in this market through articles published on our blog. 
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Natural gas takes to the road

Is natural gas about to dethrone diesel to become the road transport fuel of the 21st century? That prediction may seem bold, but the more and more rapid adoption... Read more
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Natural gas and transportation – it’s just a start!

Barely five years ago, trucks running on natural gas were still quite rare. And now they are increasing in number on Québec’s highways. More economical and... Read more
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Other forms of natural gas

There are several forms of natural gas, allowing citizens to consume better and less. Renewable to give our waste a second life, compressed or liquefied to replace diesel as a fuel, natural gas is an energy that meets a variety of needs.
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    Gaz Métro is the largest gas distributor in Québec and Vermont.
  • Renewable natural gas

    Producing renewable natural gas from organic matter.
  • Compressed natural gas

    CNG is compressed natural gas that can be used as fuel.

Gaz Métro, more than natural gas!

We believe diversity is key to the future of energy. This is why Gaz Métro is involved in developing solar and wind power and hydroelectricity.
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  • Wind power

    Investments in several wind farms in Québec and Vermont.
  • Solar power

    Solar farm, energy efficiency programs and other innovative projects.
  • Hydroelectricity

    Hydroelectricity production through our U.S. subsidiary.
  • Cow power

    Producing electricity takes an unexpected form in Vermont.
* Inventaire québécois des émissions de gaz à effet de serre en 2013 et leur évolution depuis 1990 | Ministère du Développement durable, Environnement et Lutte contre les changements climatiques.  
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