LNG ship of Deutsche Regas (archive photo)
Photo: CHRISTIAN MORGENSTERN / AFP
A tanker with the first load of liquefied natural gas for the terminal in Lubmin has arrived off the island of Rügen.
According to Deutsche Regas, the Seapeak Hispania loaded 140,000 cubic meters of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Egypt.
The company announced that she had reached her anchorage east of Rügen in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Approvals for the commissioning of the LNG terminal in Lubmin are still missing.
Deutsche Regas has now applied for trial operation.
The approval for this could possibly be granted in a few days, said Schwerin Environment Minister Till Backhaus (SPD) at the beginning of the week.
Lubmin near Greifswald is one of the first three planned floating LNG terminals off the German coast, alongside those of Uniper in Wilhelmshaven and RWE in Brunsbüttel.
All three should go into operation before the turn of the year if possible.
Their combined capacity corresponds to around one fifth of Germany's gas needs.
The "Seapeak Hispania" is to serve as an interim storage facility on the Baltic Sea in the future.
Smaller tankers are to transport the LNG from there through the shallow Greifswalder Bodden to the actual terminal in Lubmin.
The authorities have assigned the ship an anchorage in the Prorer Wiek, about seven kilometers northeast of the Sellin pier, Deutsche Regas said.
LNG terminal in Wilhelmshaven starts feeding in gas
Meanwhile, the gas importer Uniper has started commissioning the LNG terminal in Wilhelmshaven - a day earlier than planned.
The terminal ship "Höegh Esperanza" fed the first gas into the newly built connecting pipeline on Wednesday morning.
Originally, Uniper had planned to feed gas into the German grid for the first time on Thursday.
According to a Uniper spokesman, the fact that things are going faster now is due to the close cooperation between authorities and companies when completing the terminal.
Last Saturday, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) opened the facility together with other leaders of the traffic light government.
Uniper operates the terminal with the support of the federal government.