The German LNG Terminal GmbH is a joint venture between Dutch companies Gasunie LNG Holding B.V., Vopak LNG Holding B.V. and Oiltanking GmbH, a subsidiary of Marquard & Bahls AG. The aim of this collaboration is to build and operate a multifunctional import and distribution terminal for LNG in Brunsbüttel, Germany, as an investment in the future of a low-emission transport infrastructure.
The project is attracting consistently strong interest, and it has already been possible to sign a number of framework agreements. The terminal will also provide a wide range of services including the loading and unloading of LNG carriers, the temporary storage of LNG, regasification, feeding natural gas into the German natural gas network, and distribution of LNG via tank trucks and LNG tank cars.
“LNG as a fuel makes a significant contribution to reducing air pollutant emissions in the mobility sector”, said Rolf Brouwer, Managing Director of German LNG Terminal GmbH. “We want to invest in an LNG infrastructure in Brunsbüttel so that we are able to efficiently and competitively meet the increasing demand with Germany’s first import terminal for LNG.”
While the market for using LNG as a fuel in long-distance haulage has been experiencing a boom in Europe for a while, its distribution is only really starting now to gain momentum in Germany. Compared to countries such as Spain, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands and China too, there is still enormous potential and a lot of catching up to do especially since, according to a forecast by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure(BMVI), hauling capacity in Germany will grow by at least 39% by 2030 compared to 2010.
“Vehicles fueled by LNG are perfectly suited to use in long-haul transport. Not only do LNG-fueled engines produce much lower air pollutant emissions, they are also considerably quieter and therefore make it possible to carry out deliveries in residential areas outside of normal times of day, which could help to solve traffic density problems,” said Friedrich Lesche, Business Development Alternative Drives, Iveco Magirus AG.
Source: German LNG Terminal GmbH