Reducing dependence on Russian gas: own LNG terminals in Germany are to serve this purpose. Two more locations have already been established.
The federal government has decided on more locations for the LNG floating terminals. The third terminal goes to Stade near Hamburg, and the fourth one goes to Lubmin in Western Pomerania, the Ministry of Economy announced on Tuesday. Additional imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) play an important role in reducing Germany’s dependence on Russian gas.
Two ships are already available this year and are to be used at the turn of the year in Wilhelmshaven in the North Sea and Brunsbüttel at the mouth of the Elbe, the ministry said. The other two ships will be available from May 2023. The Stade site is expected to be available by the end of 2023. According to the operator, the offshore facility at Lubmin will not be available until the end of 2023. By the end of 2022, the private consortium will also build a fifth floating terminal in Lubmin.
“We need to build new infrastructure as soon as possible in order to replace Russian gas as soon as possible,” said Economy Minister Robert Habeck. “So it’s very good news that, in addition to the four federal ships, there is now a fifth private re-gasification vessel. This allows us to increase the quantity that can be discharged again and thus improve the supply situation. ”
LNG is cooled under pressure, transported in liquid form by ship, unloaded, heated, regasified and then pumped into the network.
It should go as fast as possible
The traffic light coalition has passed an act accelerating the process of building LNG infrastructure. “Now it depends on on-site implementation,” said Habeck. “And it is clear that everyone is committed to making things happen as quickly as possible. It is clear that this is not easy. There are many things to do at the same time and the obstacles are increasing. that this did not exist in Germany yet. “
Lower Saxony’s Environment Minister, Olaf Lies, was already expecting a decision on the Stade case, but asked the federal government to speed it up. Now he was talking about a “good and right decision” in Berlin.
The first floating terminal in Germany is to be built in Wilhelmshaven. On July 1, the energy company Uniper received approval for the construction works that had just begun. According to the company, it took less than a month to apply for the appropriate phase of the project – much less than usual for such projects.
“Now we’ll start at Stade with that claim as well,” Lies said of the schedule. “The aim is to take all necessary precautions by late summer 2023.” Further funding talks with the federal government are planned.
“Everything is clear at Stade, we can order the material tomorrow,” said the energy minister of the German news agency recently. It intends to start operations on December 21 in Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony. Lies is also promoting another LNG terminal in the city above Jade Bay. Floating objects are to be used until permanent terminals appear on land.
In addition to landing at German locations, should demand be high, delivery will also be added via LNG terminals in Rotterdam, Zeebrugge in Belgium and Dunkirk in France, the Ministry of Economy said. This will bring additional production capacity on the German market. (dpa)