German regulator deletes Brunsbüttel LNG connection pipeline from plans

German regulator deletes Brunsbüttel LNG connection pipeline from plans
Image courtesy of German LNG Terminal

Germany’s Bundesnetzagentur said it has deleted the pipeline to connect the Brunsbüttel LNG to the national grid from its network development plan (NEP Gas 2018-2028).

The plan foresees an investment of up to €7 billion ($8 billion) in the development of the national grid and, the network regulator said it included financing for the pipeline connecting the proposed LNG import terminal to the grid.

However, in a statement on Thursday, the regulator said that the funding for the pipeline and the construction thereof will have to be completed by the project proponent.

It added that the development of such a connection pipeline is outside of the NEP Gas scope and has to be removed from the plan.

The import facility is proposed by German LNG Terminal, a joint venture set up by the Dutch companies Gasunie and Vopak and Germany’s  Oiltanking.

The total capacity of the combined LNG import and small-scale terminal will be 5 billion cubic meters per year.

The regulator noted in its statement that the decision to scrap the connecting pipeline from its network development plan (NEP Gas 2018-2028) is not a decision on the necessity of the facility.

The terminal, to be located in Brunsbüttel in the greater industrial and economic zone of Hamburg, will feature a truck loading facility and an option to add railcar loading bay.

Construction work is expected to start in 2020 with the terminal being fully operational by the end of 2022.

 

LNG World News Staff

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