The liquefied natural gas terminal in Brunsbüttel has gone into regular operation. This is reported by the Kieler Nachrichten and the Federal Association of Energy and Water Management bdew. After Wilhelmshaven and Lubmin, it is the third terminal in Germany that is now in regular operation. Another one is scheduled to go into operation in Stade at the end of this year.
According to bdew, around 4.9 billion kilowatt hours of natural gas were already imported via the German LNG terminals in March. Measured against the Russian gas deliveries of previous years, this is still a fraction: In May 2022, 54.2 billion kilowatt hours were still recorded from Russia.
Special ship in use
As with other German terminals, Brunsbüttel is also a floating facility, where a special ship – a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) – is used, which has been chartered for several years. The “Höegh Gannet” arrived in Schleswig-Holstein in January. The first LNG tanker arrived in February. At the time, the terminal was in trial operation. The operator of the terminal is RWE, the FSRU is chartered by the Federal Republic to ensure the gas supply after the failure of Russian supplies.
The German LNG Terminal, a multifunctional land terminal, is scheduled to start operations in Brunsbüttel from 2026. There are also plans for an ammonia import terminal, which could also become active from 2026.