OGE plans pipeline connection for Wilhelmshaven LNG terminal
Germany’s largest gas pipeline network operator, Open Grid Europe (OGE), plans to build a 30 km liquefied natural gas (LNG) link from a planned terminal at the North Sea port of Wilhelmshaven by the end of the year, he announced on Friday. The link will run from Wilhelmshaven to NETRA, a long-distance pipeline carrying the gas further south and east, reaching NETRA at a point near the Etzel underground storage facility.
Germany aims to accelerate the development of LNG infrastructure to cope with the abandonment of Russian gas since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow describes as a “special military operation”. “The planned gas infrastructure in the Wilhelmshaven region guarantees a reliable and affordable gas supply from other sources and thus serves social peace and security of supply in Germany,” said Thomas Huewener, Technical Director of EMB.
The pipeline is expected to have an initial capacity of 10 billion cubic meters (bcm), potentially increasing to 28 bcm with further network expansion over the next few years, OGE said. Germany has not yet set up an LNG terminal but three projects are under discussion.
Companies and policymakers pushing for fixed land terminals in northern Germany are also discussing the possibility of using floating LNG storage platforms until permanent terminals are built. The line envisaged by OGE would also be designed in such a way as to allow the transport of so-called green hydrogen, produced from renewable energies.
Australian investor Macquarie has a 24% stake in OGE, with other shares held by infrastructure and state funds and Munich Re.
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