Application Documents for LNG Terminal and Port in Stade Submitted

Source: 4/12/2022, Location: Europe

- Lower Saxony's Economics Minister Dr. Bernd Althusmann and Environment Minister Olaf Lies and welcome the rapid progress of the project
- First terminal project in Germany can start both approval procedures

Stade – In the future, the energy state of Lower Saxony will play an even greater role in the diversification of the German energy supply. A key building block for this is the Hanseatic Energy Hub in Stade. As the first of the German LNG projects, the project has now officially started both approval procedures for the landside zero-emission terminal and for the public port with the submission of the application documents. On the occasion of this central project milestone, the Lower Saxony Minister for the Environment, Olaf Lies, and his counterpart Dr. Bernd Althusmann, Minister for Economic Affairs in Stade, met with the project managers and exchanged views on the next steps.

“The construction of the Hanseatic Energy Hub in Stade is a very important step on the way to independence from Russian gas. At the same time, we are taking a big step towards a climate-neutral future for Germany. Without green gas, we will not be able to secure Germany's energy supply," says Environment and Energy Minister Olaf Lies. “Together with the LNG import option with a floating solution already planned for winter 2022 and another option planned for 2023 in Wilhelmshaven, the stationary LNG terminals Stade and Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony will be green gas ready and is also prepared for the necessary energy imports. I am very happy that we are tackling this gigantic task together in close cooperation with the economics department. work, climate,

Economics Minister Althusmann emphasizes: “Lower Saxony's ports play a central role in Germany's future energy supply. For the enormous energy requirements of our economy, we need the two locations Stade and Wilhelmshaven, which will give us a further degree of independence from Russian gas supplies. In the current situation, the essential factor is time. As Chairman of the Supervisory Board, I am pleased that the NPorts team put together the planning documents at short notice and that we have made great progress on the project as a result. The ports of Lower Saxony are sending out a clear signal to build up the LNG infrastructure quickly and in a future-proof manner.”

The terminal for LNG, bio-LNG and synthetic methane is approved in accordance with the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchV) and is managed by the Lüneburg Trade Inspectorate as the authority responsible for the procedure. With the growing global supply of climate-neutral energy sources, the hub will also be used for the import of hydrogen-based energy sources such as ammonia in a second step.

In addition, the port company Niedersachsen Ports (NPorts) is planning to expand the public industrial port by adding two piers in order to enable tankers up to Q-Max size to land and bunker services. The application for planning approval for the construction of the port was submitted today to the competent authority, the NLWKN Lüneburg (Lower Saxony State Office for Water Management, Coastal Defense and Nature Conservation).

“Over the past few months, our engineering team has put in a tremendous sprint to finalize the permitting documentation. A great achievement that helps put Stade in a leading position as an important location for the energy transition and security,” says Holger Banik, Managing Director of Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG and JadeWeserPort Realizations GmbH & Co. KG.

With the Hanseatic Energy Hub (HEH), a future-flexible energy import infrastructure is being created in the Stade industrial park, which will be able to cover around 15 percent of Germany's gas requirements from 2026 at the latest with a total capacity of 13.3 billion cubic meters of natural gas.

“Today we reached an important milestone for the realization of the project. The very positive results of the expression of interest process that has just been completed show that the market has taken the signals from German politics and is backing the Stade terminal location,” says Johann Killinger, Managing Partner of the Hanseatic Energy Hub. "What is needed now is a speedy implementation of the political signals in concrete measures: accelerated approval procedures, flexible and speedy procedures at the BNetzA and, above all, equal treatment of all LNG projects. Only if these requirements are met can the great feat of gaining access to the global gas market and becoming independent of Russian gas supplies succeed.”

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