Earlier this week, luminaries from the Canadian energy sector inaugurated the first commercial liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuelling station in Canada.

Located along the ‘Blue Road’, the station has been described as an integral part of a regional LNG pilot project designed to fuel a fleet of heavy-duty trucks.

Dignitaries assembled before press and public to officiate proceedings. Key attendees included; Clément Gignac, the Quebec Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Minister responsible for the Northern Plan; Pierre Moreau, the Quebec Minister of Transport; Nicole Ménard, the Quebec Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible of the Montérégie region; Claude Robert, President and CEO of Robert Transport; and Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of Gaz Métro.

Robert spoke on behalf of Robert Transport, he commented, “Robert Transport hopes to continue to be an industry leader. That is why we feel it is critical to work toward a cleaner future, for the benefit of our customers, our employees, our shareholders and society as a whole. This project will help us be more competitive while still reducing the carbon footprint of our operations.”

The purpose of the ‘Blue Road’ is to create Canada's first liquefied natural gas–fuelled freight transportation corridor along the 20/401 highway between the Quebec City area and the Greater Toronto Area.

The project enjoys strong support from the Quebec government, which has put into place fiscal incentives for the procurement of heavy-duty trucks that run on LNG and established a $1,783,555 grant from the Bureau de l'efficacité et de l'innovation énergétiques of the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF).

This grant will be used to set up the infrastructure required to adapt and further develop this environmental technology designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by freight transportation between Quebec and Ontario.

Brochu, President and CEO of Gaz Métro, offered her perspective on the occasion: "Gaz Métro Transportation Solutions is dedicated to coming up with energy solutions that can be immediately applied in the transportation industry. Natural gas is a forward-looking environmental and economical solution for the trucking sector. We are proud to contribute to the adaptation and development of a new technology in Quebec."