Canada’s Quebec says no to Energie Saguenay LNG export project

The Canadian province of Quebec has rejected GNL Quebec’s planned LNG export facility in the port of Saguenay.

In a statement on Wednesday, Quebec’s Ministry of Environment and Fight Against Climate Change said it has decided not to authorize the development of GNL Quebec’s Energie Saguenay project.

Quebec Environment Minister Benoit Charette said GNL Quebec was “not able to demonstrate that it complied with the requirements set by the government to authorize the project.”

This includes “positive effects in favor of the energy transition and the net reduction of greenhouse gases,” he said.

Moreover, the minister claims the proposed project has “more disadvantages than advantages” and would not support a transition to cleaner energy sources.

GNL Quebec planned to develop an 11 mtpa LNG export plant in the port of Saguenay.

The firm has earlier this year joined forces with Germany’s Hanseatic Energy Hub, the developer of the Stade LNG import terminal near Hamburg.

The partners planned to develop a low-carbon LNG supply chain from Canada to Germany.

In addition, GNL Quebec’s parent Symbio Infrastructure recently said it had signed a deal with a unit of German engineering giant Siemens for the provision of engineering services, comprehensive lifecycle equipment and technology solutions.

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