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German LNG Terminal
Gasunie LNG Holding B.V., Oiltanking GmbH and Vopak LNG Holding B.V. established the joint venture “German LNG Terminal GmbH”. The purpose of the joint venture is to build, own and operate an LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) import terminal in northern Germany. The terminal will also provide LNG distribution services. To attract interest from the market and to gain detailed insight in customer demand, an Open Season started on January 17, 2018.
The terminal offers the opportunity to further diversify Germany’s sources of gas supply and facilitates access to LNG as an alternative low-emission fuel for ships and trucks.
The development of German LNG Terminal is currently focusing on the location Brunsbüttel. The presence of the adjacent port of Hamburg and the industrial companies located in the region represents an attractive business environment. Via the Kiel Canal, in the direct proximity of the intended terminal, the Scandinavian countries and the Baltic States can easily be reached.
The start of the Open Season marks an important milestone in the development of Germany’s first LNG terminal. The aim of the facility is to offer the following services: discharge and loading of LNG ships, storage of LNG, regasification and send out into the natural gas network and LNG distribution via trucks and barges.
LNG to Germany
- The first LNG terminal in Germany
- Direct access to high-pressure grid and providing access to German gas hubs
- Close to the Port of Hamburg with attractive bunker potential
- Located within the industrial zone of Hamburg
- Direct access to Scandinavia and Baltic region via the Kiel Canal
Configuration of the terminal
- Throughput capacity: Approx 5bcm/year
- Storage capacity: 1 tank of 220,000 cbm
- 1 Jetty to receive up to Q-Flex vessels
- Unloading rate: Approx 14,000 cbm/hr
- Future expansion opportunities available
- Unloading and loading of LNG
- Storage of LNG
- Regassification and send out
- LNG distribution and bunkering
- Truck loading
- Railcar loading (optional)
Drivers for LNG Germany
- German Energiewende
- Diversification of German gas supply
- Cleaner and affordable fuels for German maritime and transport sector
- LNG market is looking for creditworthy outlets
Business Concept of the Terminal
- Open access (multiple terminal customers and LNG suppliers)
- Independent operator
- Non-discrimination principles