Gaz Métro said that Hydro-Québec Distribution filed an application with the Régie de l’énergie, aiming to use LNG from Gaz Métro’s existing plant to meet peak demand for electricity starting in winter 2018.
Hydro-Québec Distribution has concluded memorandums of understanding with TransCanada and Gaz Métro to use Bécancour generating station to meet demand during winter peaks, Hydro-Québec said in a statement.
“This innovative solution involves allowing the TransCanada Energy power plant in Bécancour, which has not produced electricity for several years now, to become a strategic tool for meeting the needs of Quebecers during very cold spells, by supplying it with LNG for the equivalent of approximately 100 hours a year,” explained Stéphanie Trudeau, Vice President, Strategy, Communication and Sustainability at Gaz Métro.
With this project, Gaz Métro, through its subsidiaries, would supply, build and operate an LNG storage and vaporization site close to the TCE power station in order to supply the natural gas required to generate electricity during winter peak demand periods, the company informed in a statement.
Gaz Métro will supply the LNG through its subsidiary Gaz Métro LNG, in which Investissement Québec is a shareholder. The construction of an additional liquefaction train is currently underway at Gaz Métro’s liquefaction, storage and regasification plant. The new LNG capacities will be available as of 2016.
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