Dutch natural gas infrastructure firm Gasunie has launched an open season, along with partners Oiltanking and Vopak, to gauge market interest in Germany’s first LNG import terminal.
The facility will most likely be located at Brunsbüttel, which is adjacent to the port of Hamburg and offers access to the Scandinavian countries and Baltic States via the Kiel Canal.
The terminal will be designed to provide discharge and loading of LNG vessels, storage of LNG, regasification and distribution into the natural gas network.
According to a statement from the three joint venture partners, the terminal offers the opportunity to diversify the sources of Germany’s gas supply, as well as facilitate access to LNG as low-emission fuel source for ships and trucks.
The companies received European antitrust approval for their LNG venture in July 2017. The open season is expected to run until April and construction of the terminal will begin pending a final investment decision in 2019.
It’s envisaged that the terminal will be ready for commercial operation in Q4 2022.