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This new pipeline is intended to connect a future LNG terminal to the natural gas grid

UTo connect the planned import terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Wilhelmshaven to the long-distance gas network, a 30-kilometer pipeline is to be built in the Friesland district by the end of this year. Together with a floating platform through which the liquefied gas is landed and regasified, LNG imports via Wilhelmshaven should start by early 2023 at the latest. Lower Saxony’s Energy Minister Olaf Lies (SPD) presented corresponding plans together with the gas network operator Open Grid Europe (OGE), who wants to build the line, and representatives of municipalities on Friday in Hooksiel.

In order to reduce dependence on gas supplies from Russia, there are three companies in Wilhelmshaven that could be considered for setting up an LNG import terminal: the energy group Uniper, the Belgian company Tree Energy Solutions (TES) and Nord-West Oelleitung GmbH . However, according to the Ministry of Energy in Hanover, permanently installed terminals could not be operational before 2025 at the earliest – before that, so-called Floating Storage and Regasification Units (FSRU), i.e. floating landing and storage platforms, are to be used in Wilhelmshaven, to which LNG tankers are moored be able.

In the short term, the federal government wants to install three of these floating import terminals in Germany, which have a capacity of 9 to 10 billion cubic meters. Where exactly the systems will dock is not yet known. Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania have already expressed interest.

Connection to the long-distance gas network

In Wilhelmshaven, not far from the deep-water port Jade-Weser-Port, the so-called Vosslapper Groden handling facility is available as a berth for such FSRUs. This would have to be rebuilt and reinforced a bit for docking the FSRU.

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