Germany is set to receive its first floating gas station on Friday, officials said, as it seeks to replace Russian supplies it had previously received via pipeline.
A government spokesman said on Friday that the “Hoegh Esperanza” vessel will dock in the northern port of Wilhelmshaven in the coming days, carrying an initial shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
She said the ship – the so-called floating storage and regasification (FSRU) – was carrying enough LNG from Nigeria to supply “50,000 households for a year”.
The ship, which is currently off the coast of Brittany, France, according to the website Marine Traffic, will be anchored at Wilhelmshaven on Germany’s North Sea coast for several years.
The platform that will connect the equipment to the onshore gas network is being built at breakneck speed over several months and will be inaugurated by Chancellor Olaf Scholz on December 17.
According to the operator Uniper, the Wilhelmshaven station will start pumping gas from December 22, which will allow the import of gas equivalent to 20% of the previous supply from Russia.
Unlike other European countries, Germany does not have any terminals to import LNG, instead, it receives most of its gas from Russia via undersea and onshore pipelines.
After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Moscow gradually reduced gas supplies to Germany, before cutting it off altogether in September.
To secure the country’s energy supplies, officials in Berlin have poured billions of euros into the development of seaports to import LNG.
In total, the government has announced plans for five such installations. Two private projects are also underway, including a station in northeastern Lubmin that will open in the next few weeks.
However, the country has yet to sign a major contract to supply alternative fuels. A recent agreement with state-owned energy company Qatari will only come into force in 2026.
As a result, Germany still faces volatile LNG market prices with knock-on effects on consumers.
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