Gasunie hopes to start work this year to develop “a midsize LNG terminal in the Hamburg region” to support German moves to import its first cargoes of liquefied gas.
Executive board member and director participation and business development Ulco Vermeulen told a recent conference in Barcelona that Gasunie will work with unnamed partners to set up a 2-3 million tonne a year (mta) import terminal to include a dedicated jetty for marine bunkering and small-scale distribution of cargoes and truck-loading infrastructure.
Gasunie is looking at sites north of Hamburg on the River Elbe, at Brunsbuttel and at Stade. A spokesman told LNG World Shipping that “Gasunie is focusing on its home base, northwestern Europe, and is quite confident that the German market will grow”.
The company is a partner with Vopak in the Rotterdam-based Gate Terminal, which receives imported LNG for the Netherlands and northwest Europe. Last autumn, Gate Terminal opened a dedicated jetty to handle small-scale LNG shipments to smaller ports across the North Sea and Baltic regions.