Der Spiegel has reported that the first tanker carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Germany is due to arrive in Wilhelmshaven in the next few days.
The LNG is being carried by the ‘Hoegh Esperanza’ ship.The ship is specially designed to be able to store LNG, with a facility decided to keep the gas cooled at around minus 162 degrees. Once retained at this temperature, the gas can then be ‘regasified’ subsequently.
The ship is currently situated in the Mediterranean Sea after having made a stop at the LNG terminal of Sagunto, near Valencia (Spain), in order to be loaded with up to 170,000 cubic metres of LNG. Once arriving in Germany, the LNG will be able to be fed into the German electricity grid. It is hoped that in the future up to 7.5 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year will be handled and fed into the grid via the Wilhelmshaven grid, which would correspond to around 8.5% of German gas consumption.
It is also expected that two more floating terminals in the Brunsbuettel and Lubmin will begin operation in the coming weeks, with the three plants together covering about 20% of Germany’s annual needs. These LNG terminals are considered to be a key means for Germany and Europe to secure its gas supply following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent cancellations of purchases of gas from the Kremlin.
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