A second German LNG terminal has started operating in German Lubmin.
The opening was attended by Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Manuela Schwesig (both SPD). Economy Minister Robert Habek (Greens) was forced to cancel his visit due to illness.
As in Wilhelmshaven, now in Lubmin it is possible to unload LNG tankers using a special ship, then process liquefied natural gas and feed it into the German network. In particular, the regions of East Germany should benefit from this terminal.
Ever since Russia stopped operating the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, the Federal Republic has depended on alternative supply routes.
The new “floating terminals” are designed to help make up for the lack of gas supplies from Russia.
How the project was prepared
In cooperation with the port of Mukran, Deutsche ReGas will prepare the FSRU for transfer to Lubmin. This includes reducing the draft of the FSRU from its current 9.6 meters to around 5.2 meters and installing a pipe adapter to ensure the FSRU is accurately connected to the shore system, said Stefan Knabe, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche ReGas.
Knabe explained that with Neptune, all the necessary components are currently in the region for the technical completion of the LNG terminal in the near future, adding that commissioning can only take place once all necessary permits have been received.
Recall that Deutsche ReGas chartered the FSRU Neptune from the French energy giant TotalEnergies under a contract signed in July this year.
The German company began construction of an LNG terminal in Lubmin on 20 September, marking a “major milestone” for the project.
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