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LNG terminal in Wilhelmshaven: "Sometimes you don't know what's happening in the water"


The "Höegh Esperanza" has docked in Wilhelmshaven and is scheduled to go into operation this Saturday as Germany's first floating LNG terminal. The »Deutsche Umwelthilfe« does not see this as a success, but as a risk.

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With around 165,000 cubic meters of liquid gas on board, the »Höegh Esperanza«

on Thursday as the first floating LNG terminal in Wilhelmshaven.

For Economics and Climate Protection Minister Habeck, the LNG plants are indispensable for security of supply in Germany.

However, there has been resistance to this for a long time – from the German Environmental Aid.

In their opinion, LNG is incompatible with environmental protection.

Sascha Müller-Kraenner, German Environmental Aid:

“In these floating plants, seawater is used to heat the liquefied gas so that it becomes gaseous again.

And this water is taken from the sea, returned and treated with biocides, for example with chlorine compounds, bromine compounds.

And sometimes you don't know what's happening in the water.

For example, carcinogenic compounds can also happen there.

That is why we suggest using other techniques, for example mechanical cleaning methods.

There are those too, they just don't take them because they're a bit more expensive.«

The Lower Saxony Ministry of the Environment, on the other hand, emphasized at the beginning of the week that all limit values ​​​​in Wilhelmshaven are observed.

However, Deutsche Umwelthilfe also sees risks at other planned locations.

For example, nuclear waste is stored in Lubmin and in Brunsbüttel.

According to Müller-Kraenner, disruptions could easily occur in the LNG terminals planned there.

Placing a gas tank next to these interim nuclear storage facilities is dangerous.

The floating terminal in Wilhelmshaven is scheduled to start on Saturday.

Chancellor Scholz and Economics Minister Habeck are also expected to attend the opening.

Source: spiegel

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