Jonquière could be the home site of a liquefaction plant of natural gas, intended to supply power to the smelters, mines and pelletizing plants of iron of the Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec, a project that will require an investment of more or less $300 Million.
The council of Saguenay, met in special session on Friday, to give its support to such a project that would see the light of day in the industrial areas of Jonquière, with the necessary infrastructure.
The elected officials have decided to take the lead and position themselves for a week of the deadline for the submission of the project. The tender was launched last August by the ministry of Energy and natural Resources and the Société du Plan Nord, and is intended to supply the Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec, in natural gas.
The North Shore is one of the only regions of Quebec not to be served by natural gas, while the industrial consumption of oil is important because of the presence of large-scale industrial producers, such as smelters, mining companies, shipowners and maritime carriers.
The Québec appeal launched with the distributors of natural gas is intended to supply this region with a minimum volume of 245 000 cubic metres of liquefied natural gas on an annual basis, no later than 36 months after the date of the signing of an agreement in principle with the government.
In an interview after the council meeting, the mayor Josée Néron has declared that Saguenay has decided to take a position because a promoter has approached Promotion Saguenay a few weeks ago with the intention of making a project of a liquefaction plant of natural gas to small volumes in Saguenay, specifically in Jonquière, point of arrival of the gas pipeline Énergir from Three-Rivers, built there more than thirty years.
The mayor, accompanied by councillor and president of the borough of Jonquière, Julie Dufour, said that Saguenay has wanted to send a clear message to the proponent, claiming that the City is ready and has all the assets necessary to accommodate a project of such importance. Ms. Dufour has indicated that the existence of Hydro-Jonquière and its electricity distribution network, capable of providing such a plant as a large consumer of electrical energy, represents one of its strengths in addition to providing additional revenue to the City.
Recall that such a connection has the function of bring down the natural gas to a temperature of minus 162 degrees, step where it goes from gaseous state to liquid.