German LNG Terminal, a joint venture behind the LNG terminal project in Brunsbuettel, Northern Germany, will start the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) prequalification process this month.
It is envisaged that up to four EPC contractor entities will
be pre-qualified to enter the tender process.
The winning EPC entity will have approximately three years
from ENTP to complete the base scope terminal, inclusive site preparation,
waterfront with new jetty, LNG storage and all process equipment and supporting
infrastructure for an LNG terminal.
The contractor will have to deliver a fully functional
terminal and successfully conduct commissioning tests before hand-over to
German LNG Terminal for commercial operations.
The winning bidder(s) will be announced during the first
quarter of 2020.
German LNG Terminal is a joint venture of Dutch companies
Vopak and Gasunie as well as German company Oiltanking, part of Marquard &
Bahls AG. Combining expertise in gas and LNG storage and handling, pipeline and
terminal operations, the parties are committed to building Germany’s first LNG
The joint venture plans to build, own and independently
operate a combined import and distribution LNG terminal in Brunsbuettel,
Northern Germany. The terminal will combine a number of services such as
unloading and loading of LNG ships, temporary storage of LNG, regasification
and send out into the German natural gas network and LNG distribution by
Some of the advantages of Brunsbuettel is its location near
the North Sea along the Elbe river, and close to the Kiel Canal. The location
provides access to markets in North-West Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltics.
Another advantage is Brunsbuettel’s close proximity to the Port of Hamburg,
with LNG bunker potential.
The facility’s location is within the ChemCoast Park that
includes industrial customers with high energy needs. Moreover, the new
terminal has received strong support of both local and regional government.
The German federal government supports the LNG terminal as
it contributes to gas supply diversification and provides efficient supply
chains for LNG as an alternative fuel. The market’s reaction to the
Brunsbuettel terminal project has been positive, according to the JV partners.
Vopak and Gasunie have already successfully joined forces to
build and operate the GATE terminal in Rotterdam.