German LNG Terminal GmbH, the joint venture behind the LNG terminal project in Brunsbuettel, Northern Germany, has completed the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) Contractor pre-qualification process that began in June (2019).

Following a careful selection process, four internationally operating EPC contractors have been shortlisted to continue the competitive tender process.

Essential qualifications that have been assessed are: safety track record, experience in design and construction of similar projects, awareness of German codes and practices and financial strength.

German LNG Terminal starts EPC process

The shortlisted companies are:

  • Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios S.A. - Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas S.A.
  • Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd. - Korea Gas Corporation
  • Sacyr Fluor S.A. - Entrepose Contracting S.A.S. / VINCI Construction Grands Projets S.A.S. - Sacyr Somague S.A.
  • Tecnicas Reunidas S.A. - Heitkamp HIKB GmbH

The EPC tender closing is on 5th December 2019, with subsequent EPC contract award planned before the end of April 2020.

The launch of the EPC tender is a significant step in the continued development of the German LNG Terminal project, the aim of which is to develop, build, own and operate a multifunctional LNG import and distribution terminal in Brunsbuettel, Northern Germany.

The German LNG Terminal: Planning at an advanced stage

The terminal will contribute to energy diversification in Germany and will support the introduction of LNG as a cleaner fuel alternative in maritime and road transport, lowering the environmental impact of both shipping and heavy-duty road transport. It will combine a variety of services, such as the unloading and loading of LNG carriers, the temporary storage of LNG, the re-gasification of LNG and its send-out into the German natural gas network and LNG distribution by trucks and rail cars.

The EPC scope contains a jetty with two berths for LNG carriers ranging from 1,000 up to 265,000 cbm, both with LNG unloading and loading capabilities, LNG storage tanks, LNG vaporization and distribution facilities for a total capacity up to 8 bcm per annum.

Following the conclusion of the scoping phase at the end of July, also the permit approval process is steadily moving forward. Serious commercial interest in the LNG terminal project is shown by Heads of Agreements (HOA), signed by major European and non-European LNG players.