RIVIÈRE-DU-LOUP, QC, Aug. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - the Canadian Gas Association supports the announcement by Gaz Métro of the construction of the first public liquefied biomethane fuelling station in Rivière-du-loup.
"Natural gas is an abundant, versatile, and affordable energy source that can be used in a variety of applications" said Timothy M. Egan, President of the Canadian Gas Association. "The Rivière-du-Loup project is an indication of the kind of innovative low-emission future natural gas can help realize."
Gaz Métro, the major natural gas distributor in Québec, announced the project at a press conference held July 31, 2012 at the Rivière-du-Loup Carrefour du camion. The company will purchase liquefied biomethane produced by anaerobic digester plants in the region and will operate a new biomethane fuelling station to be used for heavy transportation vehicles.
This is an important step in Gaz Métro's "Blue Road Project" as it is the first fuelling station project of its kind to be introduced along the Québec and Greater Toronto Corridor. Unlike the other two liquefied natural gas (LNG) currently in place, the latest installation will set a precedent as a distributor of renewable fuel.
The use of RNG for heavy vehicles can save up to 85 per cent in GHG emissions. In this case, the production of liquefied biomethane is estimated to help save more than 7,000 tonnes of GHG emissions in the region.
Natural gas is an abundant available, affordable, safe, reliable, and clean source of energy for buildings and communities, large industry, and transportation. Natural gas has a central place in Canada's energy mix meeting 30 per cent of the country's energy needs. Today over six million customers representing well over half the Canadian population rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, apartments, buildings, businesses, hospitals and schools.
CGA is the voice of Canada's natural gas distribution industry and its members are distribution companies, transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers. The website of the Canadian Gas Association, www.cga.ca, provides information, facts, and useful tools on this important Canadian strategic asset.
SOURCE: Canadian Gas Association
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