German LNG Terminal to submit application for planning permission by 30 June 2021
German LNG Terminal GmbH intends to submit an application to the office for transport planning approval in Kiel, by 30 June 2021, for planning permission to build a port for handling liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the Brunsbüttel site. The application will cover, among other things, a jetty with two berthing facilities for ships up to Q-Max size, as well as facilities for distributing LNG by trucks, rail tank cars and smaller ships. The documents submitted will also serve as the basis for obtaining permission for the planned terminal at the Brunsbüttel site.
“After the EU Commission’s approval of exemption a month ago, this is another important milestone for the overall project,” said Rolf Brouwer, Managing Director of German LNG Terminal. “It is not only an important step towards realising the LNG terminal in Brunsbüttel, but also towards building infrastructure for supplying increasing volumes of climate-neutral energy sources and fuels.”
The terminal will play a major role in the future import of climate-neutral liquid energy sources. To be able to achieve the ambitious climate protection goals set by Germany and Europe, while at the same time supplying energy to local consumers and industry in a cost-efficient manner, Germany will remain dependent on energy imports.
The planned terminal in Brunsbüttel is being built for the import and onward distribution of LNG. It will have two LNG tanks, each with 165,000 m³ capacity, and an LNG regasification unit. This gives the terminal capacity to feed up to 8 billion Nm3 of natural gas into the grid each year. German LNG Terminal is currently finalising binding capacity bookings with potential customers.
German LNG and the shareholding companies – a wealth of experience
German LNG Terminal GmbH is a joint venture between Dutch companies Gasunie LNG Holding B.V. and Vopak LNG Holding B.V. as well as Oiltanking GmbH, a subsidiary of Marquard & Bahls AG, based in Hamburg, Germany. The aim of the joint venture is to build and operate a multifunctional import and distribution terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Brunsbüttel.
Background to the approval process
In terms of permitting law, the overall project consists of a planning approval procedure for the port infrastructure, including the water-side facilities, and a permitting procedure under immission control law for the land-side storage of LNG, including the corresponding ancillary facilities. The planning approval procedure will be run by Schleswig-Holstein’s state planning authority and includes a public consultation and an environmental impact assessment. After the planning approval procedure is complete, the immission control permitting procedure will be initiated with the competent authority.