The Linde Group has been awarded a contract to build a natural gas terminal in the town of Emden in northern Germany, which will see natural gas supplied to the country from Norway.

The contract, worth around €260m, was awarded by Norwegian state-owned company Gassco AS, on behalf of Gassled joint venture.

The new natural gas terminal will replace the 1977 Norsea Gas Terminal, which is currently being operated by Gassco and will act as an important distribution hub for natural gas from Norwegian-owned gas fields in the North Sea to Germany.

“Norway is one of Germany’s most important energy suppliers. The new natural gas terminal is a key milestone in securing future supplies of Norwegian gas to Germany,” explained Prof. Dr Aldo Belloni, Member of the Executive Board of Linde AG. “We have a wealth of experience in handling natural gas. This project enables us to further promote the use of this environmentally sound fossil fuel.”

The contract covers engineering, procurement and construction for the new terminal. The project is based on the front-end engineering design (FEED) provided by Gassco, with the initial work to be carried out by Linde Engineering at the group’s site in Dresden.

Construction will get underway in Emden in the autumn of 2013. The facility will be pre-assembled in modules to the greatest possible extent and put together at the construction site, with the new terminal then set to go on-stream at the end of 2015.