This call follows the non-binding phase of the open season process, which began in May 2019 and already found great interest among market players. After further development steps, the project has now reached a level of maturity that allows entering into the next phase on Monday, September 14, 2020, aiming for binding booking requests.
Within the next five years, LTeW plans to further develop, construct and commission a terminal to land, store and regasify LNG at Germany’s sole deepwater port location.
The design is based on a "Floating Storage and Regasification Unit" (FSRU), a technology that can be realized more economically and faster than onshore LNG terminals and is also more environment-friendly on the location. The nominal send-out capacity of the terminal will be 9.78 bcm per year.
LNG tankers of all sizes will be able to access the facility independently of tides and in accordance with highest international security standards. Alongside regasification, it is planned that the FSRU will also offer the possibility for loading LNG onto LNG ships and LNG bunker barges. Connecting it to the existing natural gas transmission system requires a pipeline of only roughly 30 km.
In addition to the open season process, a further important step in the realization of the terminal project was the start of the so-called scoping process for coordinating and determining the scope of the examination in accordance with § 15 UVPG (German law on environmental impact assessment) with the responsible authorities within the
necessary permitting processes. The revised design of the terminal envisages bypassing the biotope "Species-rich gravel, coarse sand and shellgrounds" protected under § 30 BNatSchG (Federal Nature Conservation Act) via a sub-sea gas pipeline.