German LNG import terminal plans placed on quick monitor

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Nick Blenkey

German LNG import terminal in Brunsbüttel could have berths for 2 LNG vessels as much as Q-Max dimension [Image: German LNG Terminal GmbH]

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has compelled Germany to take a tough take a look at its dependence on imports of Russian LNG. With the Nord Stream 2 pipeline mission now on indefinite maintain, Germany is ramping up plans for 2 LNG import terminals, one in Brunsbüttel and the opposite in Wilhelmshaven.

“We’ve made the choice to quickly construct two LNG terminals in Brunsbüttel and Wilhelmshaven,” stated German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in the midst of a wide-ranging February 27 speech setting out Germany’s coverage in response to the Russian aggression in Ukraine.


The Brunsbüttel mission has been below improvement by German LNG Terminal GmbH, a 3 manner three way partnership between Dutch pure fuel infrastructure and transportation firm Gasunie, terminal operator Vopak and Oiltanking GmbH, a subsidiary a Hamburg-based Marquard & Bahls AG.

Now the mission has gotten a strong new investor, German state funding and improvement financial institution KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau).

On Friday Gasunie and KfW signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to take the mission into its subsequent part and begin the joint building of the LNG terminal in Brunsbüttel.

A press release from the corporate says that the present shareholders have agreed that “Gasunie is the perfect accomplice for the German authorities to finish the terminal mission rapidly and efficiently as a way to guarantee steady vitality provide with fuel and improve safety of provide in Germany.”
Accordingly, Vopak and Oiltanking GmbH will depart the group of shareholders by Might.

The mission features a jetty with two berths for vessels as much as Q-Max dimension and services for the distribution of LNG by tankers, railway tanker wagons and smaller vessels. The paperwork submitted additionally serve to determine the permissibility of the deliberate terminal on the website. The proposed terminal at Brunsbüttel will likely be constructed for the import and onward distribution of LNG. It should have two LNG tanks with a capability of 165,000 cubic meters every and an LNG regasification plant. The terminal will thus have the capability to inject as much as 8 billion cubic meters of pure fuel per 12 months into the community.


Meantime plans to put in a German LNG import terminal at Wilhelmshaven are again on the entrance burner. The plans for the Wilhelmshaven FSRU had reportedly shelved by developer Uniper final 12 months on price grounds, with a inexperienced ammonia and hydrogen hub being eyed as a greater possibility.

“Uniper is at the moment inspecting the opportunity of resuming planning for an LNG terminal in Wilhelmshaven,” an organization spokesperson informed S&P International Platts. “The location has wonderful logistical stipulations, and Uniper has already undertaken a number of preliminary work and planning steps for a floating terminal lately.”

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