In October 2018, the impact study for Énergir’s project to supply natural gas for the Saguenay industrial port zone (IPZ) was filed with the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte aux changements climatiques (MELCC). Under the MELCC’s environmental impact assessment and review procedure that applies to this project, the impact study serves as an overview of the project’s development process.
The goal of the project is to add a 13.8 km extension to Énergir’s existing natural gas network near Bagotville, so as to connect it to the Saguenay IPZ. The impact study identified the route that is optimal from environmental, human and technical perspectives; this route mostly follows the rail line owned by the Saguenay Port Authority.
For a more detailed summary of the impact study, please refer to the technical data sheet (in French).
The complete impact study can be viewed (in French) in the MELCC’s Registre des évaluations environnementales.
Public audiences by the Bureau d’audiences publiques en environnement were also held between July and November 2019. The report can be consulted here.
On April 1st, 2020, the Québec government has granted Énergir the approval of the project for the supply of natural gas in the Saguenay industrial port zone.
||Notice of the project submitted to the MDDLECC
Impact study and information and consultation process
||Submission of the preliminary environmental impact report, including risk analysis
||BAPE public hearings and consultation process (if needed)
Decision expected from the Régie de l'énergie
|Fall 2019||BAPE report|
|To be determined based on Métaux BlackRock's schedule||Construction work
In the event Énergir obtains all of the necessary authorizations to carry out its natural gas pipeline construction and installation, the company will be calling on the services of Québec suppliers to develop and build its facilities.
As such, Énergir would like to gather information on companies that would be interested in bidding for contracts in the various fields needed for the project.