More Canadian LNG Heads to New England; Why Not from Marcellus?

Gaz Métro LNG loading

4/24/17 Update: A sharp MDN reader wrote to alert us that in all likelihood, the gas getting liquefied by Gaz Métro is coming from the Marcellus/Utica. See a special note below.

Gaz Métro is the largest natural gas distribution company in Quebec, Canada where its network of 6,200 miles of underground pipelines serves some 300 municipalities and more than 200,000 customers. Gaz Métro also has a presence in Vermont, with more than 310,000 customers through its subsidiaries Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas Systems. One of the business units Gaz Métro operates is a liquefaction, storage and regasification (LSR) plant in Montréal–which has been in operation for 45 years. Last year via a major investment from Investissement Québec and the government of Québec, Gaz Métro tripled the plant’s liquefaction capacities. And now Gaz Métro is making a play to sell more gas–a lot more gas–to New England. Gaz Métro is using Canadian gas, liquefying it, and selling it to New England–when the Marcellus is as closer or (often) closer to the very markets where Gaz Métro is selling its LNG. So if the dunderheads in New England keep rejecting pipelines, why don’t we just ramp up an LNG operation here in the Marcellus and send them gas via tanker trucks, like Gaz Métro is doing?…

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