Market Responds Positively to First German LNG Import Terminal
Katja Freitag, spokesperson of German LNG Terminal GmbH, comments:
“We are delighted with this outcome. The Open Season process has demonstrated that the market has received wellthe varied range of services to be available at the planned LNG import and small-scale terminal in Brunsbuettel. It confirms that our service portfolio is in line with customers’ needs. We are on schedule to make next steps and have started the necessary permit approval process. If all goes to plan, including obtaining the necessary permits by then, we are due to take a final investment decision at the end of 2019. Following this, we will start the construction work with the terminal possibly becoming operational by the end of 2022.”
The terminal will not only potentially supply energy to the local energy-intensive industries, one of the reasons for locating the terminal at Brunsbuettel, but it will also have the capacity to secure and diversify German gas supplies. The terminal will be able to supply approximately 10% of the German gas market.
Furthermore, the terminal will decisively support the development of an LNG bunkering infrastructure in Germany. This will contribute to the increased use of LNG as an alternative marine fuel and therefore contribute to the reduction of the shipping sector’s emissions. Equally, LNG will increase its relevance as a fuel for heavy goods vehicles. A possible rail connection will allow the delivery of LNG by dedicated LNG tank cars.
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