Uniper’s LNG Terminal Wilhelmshaven (LTeW) has invited expressions of binding interest in throughput capacities for the planned LNG terminal.
This move follows the non-binding phase of the open season process, which started in May, 2019.
After continued development, the project has now reached a level of maturity that, according to current planning, allows the entering into the next phase on 14th September, 2020, aimed at binding booking requests.
In addition to the open season process, a further important step was the start of the so-called scoping process for co-ordinating and determining the scope of the examination in accordance with the German law on environmental impact assessment with the responsible authorities.
The revised design of the terminal envisages bypassing the biotope ‘Species-rich gravel, coarse sand and shellgrounds’ protected under the Federal Nature Conservation Act, via a sub-sea gas pipeline.
Within the next five years, LTeW plans to further develop, construct and commission a terminal to land, store and regasify LNG at Wilhelmshaven.
The terminal will be on an FSRU, a technology that can be realised more economically faster than onshore LNG terminals and is also more environmentally friendly, Uniper said.
The terminal’s nominal send-out capacity will be 9.78 bill cu m per year.
Wilhelmshaven offers ideal conditions from both a marine and a logistics perspective. LNGCs of all sizes will be able to access the facility independently of tides and in accordance with highest international security standards.
Alongside regasification, the FSRU will also offer the possibility for loading LNG onto other gas ships and LNG bunker barges. In addition, connecting it to the existing natural gas transmission system requires a pipeline of only roughly 30 km.
The final investment decision (FID on the construction of the terminal will be taken based on sufficient demand from the market and its economic viability – provided that all the necessary public approval and permitting processes are concluded successfully, Uniper said.