Germany has revealed plans to build two liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in the near future in an effort to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, says an article published in Offshore Energy.
This was announced by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at a special session of the Bundestag on 27 February 2022 addressing Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
As informed, the LNG terminals are planned to be located in Brunsbüttel and Wilhelmshaven.
Currently, there are several liquefied natural gas terminals in Europe, however, none of them are located in Germany.
Security of energy supply
Scholz also confirmed the country will increase the amount of natural gas in storage via long-term options to two billion cubic meters.
Furthermore, Germany will acquire additional natural gas on the world markets – in consultation with the European Union.
Guarantee a secure energy supply
With these decisions, the government wants to guarantee a secure energy supply for Germany and eliminate dependence on imports from individual energy suppliers.
Last week, Germany halted the process of certifying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia in response to the crisis in Ukraine. Nord Stream 2 construction was completed in September 2021 but the project requires regulatory certification from Germany before gas delivery could begin.
“The events of recent days and weeks have shown us that responsible, forward-looking energy policy is not just crucial for our economy and our climate,”Chancellor Scholz stressed.
“It is also crucial for our security. This means that the faster we make progress with the development of renewable energies, the better.”
According to Scholz, the short-term goals are in line with Germany’s long-term strategy that includes the ongoing transition to a low-carbon economy. The country aims to become carbon neutral by 2045.
“Our current short-term needs can dovetail with what is already needed long-term for the transformation to succeed,” Scholz added.
“An LNG terminal that today receives gas can tomorrow be used to import green hydrogen.”
Scholz also touched upon high energy prices and said the government has agreed on a relief package that includes lifting the surcharge under the Renewable Energy Sources Act by the end of this year.