A consortium of European fuelling specialists has launched plans to develop a new LNG terminal in Northern Germany that will act as a regional bunkering hub.
The German LNG Terminal partnership launched pre-qualification for tenders in June, calling for bids to construct a facility at a site in Brunsbuettel. The proposed plant will have capacity for 8 billion cubic meter of fuel per annum.
“Binding (lump-sum) offers will have to be prepared and submitted by pre-qualified bidders between August and October 2019. The winning bidder(s) will be announced during the first quarter of 2020,” a spokesperson for the venture said.
Vopak, Gasunie, Oiltanking
German LNG Terminal is a partnership of Dutch companies Vopak and Gasunie, with participation from German company Oiltanking, part of Marquard & Bahls AG.
Under the proposals floated by the joint venture, the consotirum will build, own and operate a combined import and distribution LNG terminal, combining the partners’ “considerable expertise” in the LNG fuel handling.
“The market’s reaction to the Brunsbuettel terminal project has been positive with interest from future customers reflected in the execution of several Heads of Agreements. The application for exemption from regulated third party access and the permit application are based on 8 bcma terminal capacity,” the partners noted.
The new hub is expected to strengthen the region’s bunkering capacity and provide “multi-purpose services” as well as open access to LNG fuel.
Brunsbuettel was chosen as the location for the new facility due to its proximity to the North Sea, the Kiel Canal, the port of Hamburg and ChemCoast Park, which are expected to give it easy access to markets in North-West Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltics and according LNG bunker potential.
“In addition, the German federal government supports an LNG terminal as it contributes to gas supply diversification and provides efficient supply chains for LNG as an alternative fuel,” a spokesperson for the partners said.
The winning EPC entities or consortium will receive a full notice to proceed 6 months after ENTP. They will receive a further 3 years to complete the base scope terminal, inclusive site preparation, waterfront with new jetty, LNG storage and all normal process equipment and supporting infrastructure for an LNG terminal.