Development of Brunsbüttel LNG terminal forges ahead as licensing procedure begins

German LNG, a subsidiary of the Dutch gas supplier Gasunie, has taken a new step in the development of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Brunsbüttel, Germany.

Courtesy of Gasunie

According to Gasunie, CS Gas North S.A. will build the terminal and contracts have been signed with ConocoPhillips, INEOS and RWE Supply & Trading as initial customers.

In addition, the company said that the licensing procedure has now started.

The terminal is expected to be operational in 2026 and will have an annual throughput capacity of at least 8 billion cubic metres (bcma) of natural gas with a possible expansion to at least 10 bcma. Gasunie, as an operator, will operate the terminal after the completion of construction work.

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Michael Kleemiß, managing director of German LNG, said: “We are pleased to announce these critical steps for the development of the import terminal in Brunsbüttel, an important strategic project for Germany and the region. German LNG is grateful for the excellent cooperation and support of its shareholders, foundation customers and EPC contractor in achieving these important milestones.”

The construction of this LNG terminal is expected to help reduce dependence on gas from Russia.

In addition to this terminal, Gasunie has built a new floating LNG terminal in Eemshaven and optimised the existing capacity of the Gate terminal on the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam, allowing more LNG to be realised.

It is planned to eventually make the LNG terminal in Brunsbüttel ready for hydrogen production, thus becoming a hydrogen supply centre for northern Germany.

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