Uniper subsidiary LNG Terminal Wilhelmshaven (LTW) in Germany has announced that from 14 September 2020 it is inviting binding expressions of interest from market participants in throughput capacities for the planned LNG terminal.
LTW opened a non-binding phase of the open season process in May 2019, which it says attracted great interest. The project is now at a maturity level that allows for binding booking requests. The final investment decision on the construction of the terminal will be determined by the level of demand from customers and economic viability.
LTW has also begin a process to determine the scope of the environmental impact assessment required under German law with the responsible authorities. LTW says that it has revised the design to avoid an area of ‘species-rich gravel, coarse sand and shellgrounds’ defined under the regulations and protected under the German Federal Nature Conservation Act via a subsea gas pipeline
The LNG terminal design is based on a floating regasification and storage unit (FRSU), and in May 2020 LTW announced that it had signed a contract with Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) to build and charter an FSRU with a storage capacity of 263,000 m3 for the project. The nominal send-out capacity of the terminal will be 9.78 billion m3 per year. LTW aims to further develop, construct and commission the terminal at Wilhelmshaven, Germany’s only deepwater port location. The deepwater location will allow access to LNG tankers of all sizes. It will be connected to the existing gas grid with a 30 km pipeline. As well as regasification, the FSRU will offer LNG loading onto LNG ships and LNG bunker barges.
LTW says that the project will make an important contribution to the diversification on German gas supplies and security of supply, as well as ensuring competitiveness in Germany and Europe.