Natural gas as marine fuel: the first ferry running on LNG in North America commissioned in Matane
Montréal, July 13, 2015 – Gaz Métro applauds today's official commissioning of the NMF.‑A. Gauthier, the first ferry to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) in North America. It is also the first ship of any kind to run on LNG in Canada. By choosing natural gas as the fuel for its new admiral-ship, the Société des traversiers du Québec is reaching an important milestone in the Québec maritime transport sector and paving the way for local shipowners to use a proven, high-performance and cleaner technology. The use of liquefied natural gas makes it possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25 per cent, compared with marine diesel, in addition to almost completely eliminating fine particle emissions and other air pollutants. LNG motors are also quieter and produce less vibration, which is more respectful of marine life.
LNG motors are a proven technology widely used for many years in road and maritime transport worldwide, particularly in Europe. "It's extraordinary that this major first is happening here in Québec, and Gaz Métro is very proud to be a part of it," highlighted Martin Imbleau, Vice President, Development and Renewable Energies at Gaz Métro. "In support of Québec's Maritime Strategy, LNG is a concrete solution for fighting climate change and allows local shipowners to comply with the increasingly stringent standards regarding polluting emissions on North America's waterways."
Following an agreement concluded in 2013, Gaz Métro, through its subsidiary Gaz Métro LNG L.P., was chosen as the LNG supplier to fuel three new Société des traversiers du Québec ferries, including the NMF.‑A.‑Gauthier. Today this ship is replacing the NM Camille‑Marcoux for the Matane–Baie‑Comeau–Godbout ferry service. The two other ships will be assigned to the Tadoussac–Baie‑Sainte‑Catherine crossing.
Liquefied natural gas
Natural gas becomes liquid when it is cooled to -162 °C. LNG takes up 600 times less space than natural gas in its gaseous state, which is a very significant advantage for storage and transport by tanker truck or by ship. Gaz Métro has been liquefying natural gas since 1969 at its plant in Montréal East. Originally used to meet strong energy demand during peak periods, today LNG is used as a cleaner fuel.
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.
Clean and Affordable Energy Approach to Improve Life Quality and Transportation in Ontario
TORONTO and OSHAWA, ON - June 24, 2015 - New research from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa suggests Ontario can save billions of dollars in fuel costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 100 million tonnes by 2050 if it can address long overdue transportation issues and implement solutions that include increased reliance on natural gas- and electric-powered vehicles.
The study, which focuses on the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and the Highway 401-407 corridor, takes into account that traffic congestion is already costing Torontonians approximately $6 billion per year due to higher fuel consumption, increased health-care costs and eroded real estate values. By exploring alternative transportation options such as the expansion of natural gas and electric vehicles, especially for heavy-duty trucking fleets, as well as the introduction of a Highway 401/407 rapid transit system throughout the GTA and southwestern Ontario, considerable benefits emerge for both Ontario's environment and economy.
"The transportation sector is the number one contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario," says Bob Betts, spokesperson for the Ontario Natural Gas Alliance. "And with major events such as the Pan Am Games magnifying congestion issues, tackling this problem head on has become a clear priority."
Led by UOIT professor Dr. Daniel Hoornweg, the study was prepared as part of ongoing transportation work through the university's Jeffrey S. Boyce Research Chair in Natural Gas as a Transportation Fuel. The research takes an integrated retrospective view from 2050, and concludes that a long-term approach focusing on clean and affordable solutions is feasible with the use of electric-powered personal vehicles and natural gas-powered buses and heavy-duty trucks. "A large-scale transportation initiative emphasizing mobility, connectivity, integration and leadership is important for Ontario and Canada," says Dr. Hoornweg.
CONGESTION ISSUES - A HIGH PRICE TO PAY
In the 1930s, the Ontario government launched a solution to the province's traffic congestion challenges— through development of Highway 401. Construction began after World War II and the final section was completed in 1968. As the country's busiest highway, it has long served as the spine that anchors much of the province's economy and enviable quality of life. Ontarians now stand at a similar, again crowded, crossroad.
In fact, provincial costs associated with congestion are expected to rise to $15 billion by 2030, and likely more than double that again by 2050, according to the study. Key findings also suggest that by 2050, the Toronto region and linked cities such as Montreal, London, Peterborough, Kingston and Ottawa will need to be served by an extensive rapid transit system. This transit system should be complemented with dedicated heavy-duty truck routes and shared local commuter vehicle routes. The study recommends these vehicles should switch from gasoline and diesel to natural gas, while light duty personal vehicles should be electric-powered.
The potential changes, according to the study, would contribute to decreased greenhouse gas emissions, increased economic productivity and an improved transportation infrastructure.
"As a minimum, the proposed approach which includes making the switch to other cleaner, safer and more affordable energy alternatives, would provide fuel savings costs of some $76 billion and reduced greenhouse gas emissions of more than 100 million tonnes by 2050," says Dr. Hoornweg.
THREE OPTIONS — A SPECTRUM OF OPPORTUNITY
Congestion, infrastructure, transportation and energy are only some of the pressing issues with which Ontario is struggling. But new energy technologies offer Ontario motorists a wide range of solutions.
"Other provinces are already making commitments towards a more sustainable future," says Betts. "There is no reason for Ontario, the largest economy in Canada, to lag behind. Let us start with smart transportation and cleaner energy."
Dr. Hoornweg's study proposes three broad options that offer a comprehensive plan to develop transportation infrastructure within an integrated transit system.
Clean energy as a more sustainable fuel source Natural gas is rapidly recognized as a less expensive and cleaner transportation fuel source than gasoline and diesel. A smart solution is to take advantage of this affordable, clean resource—by expanding current market penetration of electric and natural gas vehicles.
Commuters pitch-in The approach suggests encouraging commuters to use privately-owned or shared electric vehicles to drive to work or locally in conjunction with a Highway 401/407 rapid transit (RT) system. This RT system would include stops stations at strategic major interchanges where associated electric vehicle lots would be located.
Effective population By improving transportation throughout the GTA, the region's effective population can increase, allowing more people to participate in the local economy. This scenario includes the expansion of the bus rapid transit system to Waterloo, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Kingston and Montreal, along with publicly available electric vehicles at parking lots. In addition, passengers can drive electric vehicles and share rides to home or work, and recharge them at parking lots and homes mostly at night.
The Ontario Natural Gas Alliance (ONGA) is a partnership between two of Ontario's leading natural gas distribution companies, Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas. ONGA was created to help the public understand the vital role natural gas can play in Ontario's future-forward clean energy mix. ONGA is dedicated to education around the many positive attributes of natural gas, including its affordability, cleanliness and potential to fuel an economic revitalization that will create jobs and expand Ontario's economy. For more information, please visit: www.cleanandaffordable.ca.
SOURCE Ontario Natural Gas Alliance
For further information: For more information, to obtain a copy of the study, or to schedule an interview, please contact: PM Rendon, DDB Public Relations, 416-972-7784, [email protected]
EXTENSION OF THE GAS NETWORK: BELLECHASSE REGION TO ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF NATURAL GAS
Sainte-Claire, June 19, 2015 - Gaz Métro in thrilled with the announcement from the Honourable Steven Blaney, MP for Lévis-Bellechasse and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Plan Nord, and Dominique Vien, MNA for Bellechasse, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches region, confirming a $35 million joint investment in a project to extend the natural gas network in the Bellechasse region. For its part, as per Régie de l’énergie criteria, Gaz Métro will contribute a full $7 million to this project which promises to stimulate Bellechasse's economic development and improve its environmental performance.
Minister Goodyear Announces Investment in Clean Technology in Cambridge
Cambridge, Ontario - June 19, 2015 -The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario), on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, in partnership with Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and the Canadian Gas Association (CGA), today announced a total investment of $750,000 to support Cambridge, Ontario, company CHAR Technologies.
The funding will support CHAR Technologies’ SulfaCHAR project, a zero-waste and cost-effective approach to purifying biogas generated in landfills and transforming the byproducts into a valuable sulfur-rich agricultural fertilizer to benefit crop yields.
This is the first-ever investment of the SD Natural Gas Fund™, which supports the development and demonstration of new downstream natural gas technologies. The fund receives contributions from the Canadian Gas Association’s Energy Technology Innovation Canada Initiative and SDTC's SD Tech Fund™ — resulting in a combined total of up to $30 million over three years.
Natural gas has a central place in Canada’s energy mix meeting over 30 per cent of the country’s energy needs.
According to the Canadian Gas Association, today over 6.6 million customers representing well over half of all Canadians rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, apartments, buildings, businesses, hospitals and schools.
In 2013, Canada was the second-fastest growing clean energy market in the G20.
In 2013, the Government of Canada announced $325 million over eight years in support for SDTC for development and demonstration projects resulting in a cleaner environment.
SDTC supports clean tech as a driver of jobs, productivity and economic prosperity through funding aimed at the development and demonstration of innovative technological solutions.
SDTC works with the private sector, the financial sector and government to help advance the Government of Canada’s commitment to support clean tech as a driver of jobs, productivity, economic prosperity and a healthy environment and high quality of life for all Canadians. SDTC operates as a not-for-profit corporation.
CGA is the voice of Canada’s natural gas distribution industry, comprising distribution companies, transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers.
“Our government is positioning Canada as a global leader in the clean technology sector by supporting innovative projects aimed at growing our economy while contributing to a cleaner environment. We are proud to invest in the SulfaCHAR project, which will create jobs right here in Cambridge and continue to place Canada at the forefront of the clean tech industry.”
Gary Goodyear Canada’s Minister of State (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario)
“SDTC is committed to using different models of support, in this case our first-ever investment by the SD Natural Gas Fund, a collaboration with a leading industry association, to get Canada’s innovative clean tech to market. Today’s joint investment in CHAR Technologies allows SDTC to leverage the public money entrusted to it by the Government of Canada with private funds from Canadian Gas Association members. We welcome CHAR Technologies to the SDTC portfolio and look forward to future co-investments in the near future.”
Leah Lawrence President and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada
“Natural gas is an affordable and clean energy choice for Canadian consumers that is abundantly available from a variety of sources, including renewable natural gas. Canadian gas utilities are delighted to be working with SDTC and the Government of Canada on initiatives like the CHAR Technologies SulphaCHAR renewable natural gas technology to build even greater value for the Canadian energy consumer.”
Timothy M. Egan President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association
Groundbreaking ceremony marks the first of five GAIN Clean Fuel natural gas stations being built for C.A.T.
Coteau-du-Lac (Québec, CAN) - June 17, 2015 - Local officials and community leaders joined with representatives from C.A.T. Inc., Gaz Métro Limited Partnership ("Gaz Métro") and U.S. Venture Gain Fuel Canada, ULC to break ground for the first GAIN®Clean Fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) station in Québec, Canada. The station will be located at 4 Transport Street in the industrial park of Coteau-du Lac and will provide the North American carrier with an alternative fuel to support its growing fleet of CNG trucks. The station will be supplied with natural gas through Gaz Métro’s network. The opening of the station is planned for this fall.
“We’re excited to break ground on this important project,” said C.A.T. Inc. President Daniel Goyette. “The carrier industry is evolving with the use of CNG and we are on the forefront of that evolution. Partnering with GAIN Clean Fuel has provided us the infrastructure we need as we continue to convert our fleet from diesel fuel to operating on CNG. It’s been a great relationship and we look forward to leveraging the many benefits of CNG to improve our business and become better environmental stewards.”
Nearly a third of C.A.T.’s fleet of 350 tractors will be converted to CNG. This station, along with four additional GAIN Clean Fuel stations under construction in Toronto, Ontario; Laredo, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina and Scranton, Pennsylvania, as part of the partnership, will be combined with the existing GAIN Clean Fuel North American network to provide C.A.T. access to a reliable and quality source of CNG.
“It’s incredible to see such an industry leader make this significant commitment to change how it operates,” said GAIN Clean Fuel General Manager Bill Renz. “Many carriers do smaller, incremental conversions, and when they realize the benefits, continue the conversion process. To convert this many tractors at once to CNG shows the level of C.A.T.’s commitment.”
CNG benefits include savings on fuel of up to 30 percnet compared with diesel and up to 25 percent less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than diesel fuel, making it more environmentally friendly, an important feature for C.A.T. as it works to reduce its fleet’s environmental impact. Another significant advantage is CNG is domestically produced, creating price stability when compared with diesel fuel which is influenced by the price of oil on the world market.
“Gain is the first major road transport energy distributor to establish itself in Québec, with a public natural gas fueling station. The strategic location of this new station on one of the most heavily traveled corridors in North America (A-20/H-401)—and a stone’s throw from Ontario and the United States—will provide even greater flexibility for Québec carriers,” said Éric Desmarais, Director, Fuel Market at Gaz Métro. “C.A.T.’s commitment confirms once more how much transport companies recognize the many advantages of natural gas as a replacement for diesel,” added Mr. Desmarais.
When completed, the new stations, like all other GAIN Clean Fuel stations, will provide easy-access, fast-fill capabilities and will be open for use by other fleets and the general public. They will also have fleet card acceptance capabilities for trucker convenience and provide reliability to ensure that fleets have a consistent fuel source.
About U.S. Venture Gain Fuel Canada, ULC For over 60 years, U.S. Venture has been recognized as an innovative leader in the distribution of petroleum and renewable energy products, lubricants, and tires and parts for the automotive aftermarket. Guided by its company vision "To be the very best value-added distributor of products that vehicles consume in North America," they deliver unconventional, creative solutions that give their customers a competitive edge. Headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, the company’s business divisions are U.S. Oil, U.S. AutoForce®, U.S. Lubricants and U.S. Gain/GAIN clean Fuel.
About C.A.T. Inc.
C.A.T. Inc. was founded in 1978 and offers a blend of transportation, and logistics services. Their core market is truckload service between Canada and the USA and are one of a handful of carriers serving the Mexico market on a regular basis. For more information visit their website at www.cat.ca
About Gaz Métro
With more than $6 billion in assets, Gaz Métro is a leading energy provider. It is the largest natural gas distribution company in Quebec, where its network of over 10,000 km of underground pipelines serves 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 such as the production of wind power, the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel 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.