Not only is LNG Quebec a polluting project, but it will also force Hydro-Quebec to sign new energy contracts to meet its high consumption, warn environmentalists.
The liquefied natural gas industrial complex project located in Saguenay will require 4,625 TWh when it comes into operation in 2025 or 2026. The same year, Hydro-Québec will run out of energy, according to its own supply plan, which does not hold water. yet not take into account the needs of GNL Quebec.
“What that means is that if this happens, HQ will have to go into new supply projects”, notes Jean Paradis, member of the coordination committee of the Coalition Fjord, who is campaigning against the project. In 2029, HQ already expects to need 3.3 TWh of additional energy. With LNG, this quantity would have to be more than doubled.
To the detriment of Quebecers
Old road in the field of energy, he believes that this will be done to the disadvantage of Quebecers. The new energy supplies, probably wind power, will be expensive, and GNL Québec will benefit from the large business rate of 3.28 cents per kilowatt hour. In comparison, the next wind power project to be developed, Apuiat, will cost Hydro-Quebec 9 cents per kilowatt hour.
For Greenpeace, it is unacceptable that Quebec’s “clean energy” be used for the production of hydrocarbons, when it should rather be used to promote the energy transition. It is also asking Hydro-Québec for more transparency.
“The fact that HQ does not integrate this project into the procurement plan is perhaps related to an internal evaluation which sees this project as bedrock, without funding, and that it will not happen. But the fact remains that the BAPE must assess the consequences of this project on Hydro-Quebec, ”laments Patrick Bonin, responsible for the Climate-Energy campaign at Greenpeace Canada.
For its part, Hydro-Quebec replies that “it has absolutely nothing to do with transparency”. “HQ works with the same methodology for all sectors of economic activity. It is the economic outlook that determines all of our demand forecasts, ”says spokesperson Cendrix Bouchard.
In the case of GNL Quebec, HQ forecasts that its sector “will have moderate growth in the needs that we foresee for new energy supplies”. On the growth side, the state-owned company is focusing more on server farms, greenhouses and the electrification of transportation and heating.
But Greenpeace does not give up: the impact of GNL Quebec is such that it must be discussed in the public place. “It must be mentioned, the BAPE and the government must be seized of it,” he said. To put it in perspective, the plant’s consumption will be equivalent to the expected growth of the entire data center industry.
LNG Quebec, a very energy-intensive project
Consumption electricity: 4,625 TWh, enough to supply 235,000 homes.
Large company rate: 3.28 cents per kWh
Purchase cost of energy for the Apuiat wind project: 9 cents per kWh