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Germany to get first LNG terminal

Brunsbuttel of Stadt set to host Hamburg LNG facility.

Dutch infrastructure provider Gasunie is partnering up to develop what looks set to be Germany’s first LNG terminal.

Ulco Vermeulen, who is a member of the executive board and director participations & business development for Gasunie, told CWC’s World LNG Summit that development work will start in 2017 on a midscale sized LNG terminal Hamburg LNG.

He told TradeWinds that the new terminal will have capacity of 2-3-million tonnes per annum and that an announcement would be made on the project in the next few weeks.

Vermeulen said the facility would have a jetty for marine bunkering and a small scale distribution of cargoes. He detailed that it would also have capacity for truck loading.

The Gasunie director said the new terminal would likely be sited in either Brunsbuttel or Stadt on the River Elbe to the north of Hamburg.

We are focussing on north western Europe – that is our home base – and are quite confident that the German market will grow, Vermeulen told TradeWinds.

He said Gasunie is also now starting to look at similar project in southeast Asia. “We try to develop a project with infrastructure companies and co-operate with anyone who wants to participate,” he explained, adding that this could include shipowners.

Plans have been in the works to install an LNG terminal in Germany for many years but none have been realised. But the country moves to shift away from nuclear power and coal and interest in LNG fuelling have given fresh impetus to LNG terminal proposals.


Article courtesy of Lucy Hine, Tradewinds

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