Höegh LNG and Deutsche ReGas join forces for world’s first floating hydrogen import terminal

Germany’s Deutsche ReGas and Norway’s Höegh LNG have entered into an agreement to develop what is said to be the world’s first floating import terminal for the industrial-scale conversion of green ammonia to green hydrogen.

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The H2-Import-Terminal Lubmin is planned to become operational from early 2026. It is designed to be the world’s first floating green ammonia cracker, producing around 30,000 tons of hydrogen per year.

The hydrogen will be fed into the hydrogen core network via the existing feed-in-point at the Deutsche ReGas Terminal in the port of Lubmin.

Höegh LNG developed the green ammonia cracker technology embedded into the barge solution that will serve as an industrial pilot for the conversion and decarbonization of floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) in Germany.

For this project, Deutsche ReGas will provide the on-shore terminal infrastructure, the overall coordination, including permitting, and the marketing of the import capacities at the terminal.

Ingo Wagner, Managing Director of Deutsche ReGas, said: “Our agreement with Höegh LNG initiates a significant new chapter in both Germany’s energy transition strategy and our company’s development. Thus, our H2-Import-Terminal Lubmin is a key building block for decarbonization of the industrial regions of eastern and southern Germany. The H2-Import-Terminal Lubmin strengthens Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s position as a green energy powerhouse. We are excited about this next step in our cooperation with Höegh LNG”.

Deutsche ReGas is the operator of the only privately financed LNG terminals in Germany in Mukran and prior to that in Lubmin.

Erik Nyheim, CEO of Höegh LNG, commented: “Importing hydrogen from global producers overseas is key to achieving industrial decarbonization. By adapting existing marine infrastructure elements with our innovative cracking solution, we can provide access to cost-competitive hydrogen within the next few years. The expertise, technology and infrastructure elements are already existing, and we are excited to partner with Deutsche ReGas to realize this project and accelerate the energy transition in Germany.”