Lubminer LNG terminal feeds gas into the grid for the first time
Created: 2023-01-09 17:55
The LNG shuttle tanker "Coral Furcata" is moored in the industrial port of Lubmin at the LNG terminal "Neptune".
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Natural gas was fed into the gas network for the first time on Monday via the Lubminer terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG).
According to preliminary data from network operators, this was initially a comparatively small amount.
Stephan Knabe from Deutsche Regas, which operates the terminal, confirmed the initiation on Monday.
Within the scope of the previously approved trial operation, around 20 percent of the actually possible amount should be fed in.
Lubmin - He had already announced that gas could also end up in the network as part of tests.
The actual operating license is to be handed over to the company on Saturday.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) as well as Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig and Schwerin Environment Minister Till Backhaus (both SPD) are also expected to attend.
"Testing is essentially complete," Knabe said.
After receiving the approval, operations can start without the previously applicable restrictions.
First of all, it is not formally a regular operation, but a kind of intermediate phase.
Certain values must first be determined and reported before the actual regular operation can be certified.
The terminal in Lubmin should initially have a feed-in capacity of up to 5.2 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
The construction work for another terminal off Lubmin, initiated by the federal government, has already started on land.
It should be ready by winter 2023/2024.
After Wilhelmshaven in Lower Saxony, Lubmin is the second German terminal location where LNG was converted back into its gaseous state and fed into the natural gas network.
A terminal in Brunsbüttel in Schleswig-Holstein is to be launched shortly.
In order to compensate for the lack of Russian gas deliveries, Germany relies, among other things, on LNG delivered by ship and is rapidly building up its own import infrastructure.