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A Trans-atlantic alliance rises against Canadian GNL Québec and German LNG Stade projects


A Trans-atlantic alliance formed of 22 German and 18 Canadian organizations are joining forces to demand the immediate shutdown to elected officials of both major liquified natural gas (LNG) projects: the GNL Québec project in North America and the Hanseatic Energy Hub project in Europe.

In June 2021, GNL Québec announced a strategic partnership with the company Hanseatic Energy Hub that aims at constructing the LNG Stade import terminal in the North of Germany. The GNL Québec project has an estimated export capacity of roughly 15 bcm/yr LNG while LNG Stade current plans foresee a 12 bcm/yr regasification capacity. Both projects aim at being operational by 2026 as the earliest date.

This coalition of environmental organizations paints the frail partnership between the two potential projects as a “major hindrance to the energy transition”, a “climate bomb” and a “national and international disgrace” for the governments who still haven’t shut the door on them. The GNL Québec project is aimed at expanding unconventional fossil gas production known as fracked gas in Western Canada and exporting it to international markets. As a reminder, fracking is a technique of hydrocarbon production that can contaminate drinking water sources, can lead to significant methane emissions and leaks and even cause earthquakes.

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