First LNG vessel arrives at new German Mukran terminal


Frankfurt: first ship to take liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Germany Baltic Sea terminal of Mukran The test operation arrived on Saturday as the country steps up its quest to replace Russian pipeline gas.
Private company Deutsche ReGas said Energos Power, a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), had anchored at the terminal on the island of Ruegen after receiving approval from local authorities.
Germany has stepped up its quest to increase LNG capacity for regasification off its shores, as European countries look to reduce their heavy reliance on Russian gas following Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
The tests will include pilot operation and subsequent commissioning of all equipment.
Before the ownership change, FSRU, formerly known as TransGas Power, received its LNG cargo, originally from the Norwegian Snøhvit gas field, from another LNG tanker off France, Regas said in a statement.
“We will supply gas from Mukran to the German long-distance pipeline network for the remainder of the winter,” supervisory board member Stefan Knabe said. He said the move would help supply security to eastern Germany and south-eastern European countries.
Germany already has LNG terminals at Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbüttel on the North Sea and Lubmin on the Baltic Sea coast, while another, the Elbe River port of Stade, also expects the arrival of its first FSRU in the coming weeks.
Regas said Energos Power will be complemented by a second ship, Neptune, which is currently operational in Lubmin from spring 2024.
Once Neptune moved to Rügen, a complex shuttle service could be launched to the shallow waters near Lublin.

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