Germany set for ‘rapid’ replacement of Russian gas


As the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis continues to expose fragilities in Europe’s natural gas supply chain, countries are looking to become more self-reliant by developing their own liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure.

Energy company Uniper is looking to advance Germany’s gas independence by developing the €65m Wilhelmshaven LNG terminal. Located at the country’s deepest port, Wilhelmshaven is home to one of four planned German LNG receiving projects, two of which are set to begin operations in late 2022/early 2023. 

Announced yesterday, construction of the project was brought forward to 4th July, 2022, following the granting of approval by the State Trade Supervisory Authority Oldenburg. 

On track for commissioning in the coming winter, the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU)-based terminal will handle 7.5bn m2 (metres squared) of natural gas per year, around 8.5% of Germany’s current gas demand. 

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