Federal government leases another liquid gas terminal in Wilhelmshaven

Construction site for LNG investors in Wilhelmshaven

A fifth state-rented terminal for landing liquefied natural gas (LNG) is to be built in Wilhelmshaven.

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Berlin Germany A fifth state-rented terminal is to be built Landing of liquefied natural gas (LNG) with location in Wilhelmshaven. This was announced by the Federal Ministry of Economics on Thursday in Berlin.

It is scheduled to start in the winter after next, i.e. 2023/2024. At the same time, the possibility of Landing of “green” hydrogen be created. In the so-called electrolysis, water is hydrogen and oxygen are split, with “green” hydrogen this is done with the help of green electricity.

“By importing liquefied natural gas, we are making ourselves less dependent on imports of Russian pipeline gas,” said the Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Green). “At the same time, we are building up the landing of green hydrogen in parallel, making Wilhelmshaven an important landing point for safe and sustainable energy in Europe.”

In the face of increasing uncertainty Russian natural gas supplies the federal government is pushing ahead with the import of liquid gas. So far, however, the necessary import terminals are missing. LNG is deep-frozen at minus 162 degrees, transported in liquid form by ship, landed, heated, regasified and then fed into the networks.

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According to the ministry, the special ship has a capacity of at least 5 billion cubic meters per year and is scheduled to go into operation in the fourth quarter of next year, i.e. between October and December. The owner, Excelerate, is said to be building the ship together with a consortium of Tree Energy Solutions (TES), eon Green gas and engineering operate.

So far, four terminals for loading liquid gas were planned

The floating liquid gas terminal will be chartered for five years, but will only be operated until the hydrogen terminal is up and running, said Habeck. According to the consortium, this should probably be the case in the course of 2025, according to his ministry.

So far, plans for four state-chartered LNG terminals were planned. Two floating systems in Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbüttel are scheduled to go into operation at the turn of the year with a pipeline connection for onward transport.

According to the ministry, the existing connection services here will enable an average capacity of at least 3.5 billion cubic meters per ship per year next winter. After the construction and commissioning of a new, 55-kilometer gas pipeline, the capacity per ship can be increased to at least 5 billion cubic meters per year from the end of 2023.

The two terminals in Brunsbüttel and Wilhelmshaven are to be served by RWE and Uniper operate. In order to fully utilize the terminals are also EnBW and the EnBWsubsidiary VNG on board from the turn of the year 2023/2024 until the end of March 2024.

According to the ministry, the terminals at the Stade and Lubmin locations are expected to be available from the end of 2023. In Stade, the FRSU will be operated by the Hanseatic Energy Hub GmbH, in Lubmin by the companies RWE and Stena Power.

The floating terminals there are to be operated until replacement facilities on land go into operation, which should happen in 2026. Another floating terminal is to be built in Lubmin by the end of 2022 by a private consortium with a capacity of 4.5 billion cubic meters per year.

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