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  • Dow takes minority stake in consortium constructing LNG import terminal in Germany, diversifying European energy supply
    édité le 11/04/2022


Dow takes minority stake in consortium constructing LNG import terminal in Germany, diversifying European energy supply
   - Terminal would satisfy up to 15% of Germany's current natural gas demand
   - Project capable of providing nearly 25% of U.S. annual commitment to increase LNG supplies to Europe
   - Dow to contribute land for the construction of the terminal as well as infrastructure services
   - Zero-carbon emissions terminal expected to be operational by 2026

Dow Inc. (NYSE: DOW) announced it has signed a definitive agreement to take a minority stake in the Hanseatic Energy Hub GmbH (HEH) and is working with HEH's current members to advance Germany's capabilities to import supplies of liquified natural gas (LNG), bio-liquified natural gas and synthetic natural gas through the construction of an import terminal.

The HEH consortium, which now includes Dow, Fluxys, Partners Group and Buss Group, is planning to build, own, and operate an import terminal for liquified gases on Dow's Stade, Germany industrial park. This zero-carbon emission terminal is to be built by 2026 and will be co-located with Dow's facilities in Stade. Dow is contributing the land for the construction of the terminal as well as infrastructure services, off-gas heat, site services and mutual harbor use rights.

With a projected regasification capacity of 13.3 billion cubic metres (bcm) of natural gas per year, the import terminal supports the Joint Statement between the European Commission and the United States on European Energy Security by satisfying up to 15% of Germany's current natural gas demand. The agreement would also allow the United States to meet nearly 25% of its goal to export 50 bcm of natural gas annually to Europe by 2030. Additionally, the terminal will repurpose off-gas heat at the Dow site for the carbon emissions-free regasification of the liquefied gas back to its gaseous state.

"This collaboration to construct an LNG import terminal in Germany takes a major step in enabling a stable, cost-effective and sustainable supply of energy to Europe," said Neil Carr president of Dow Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. "For Dow, this allows us to make a significant contribution to transforming the energy supply in Germany in support of its 2045 climate targets while increasing the competitiveness of Stade, a site important for serving Dow customers throughout Europe."

While Germany is retiring nuclear and coal fired power generation, its dependency on natural gas is expected to increase as a transition fuel until sufficient renewable energy comes available longer term. Today, Germany receives approximately half of its natural gas through pipeline imports from Russia and the country currently has no LNG regasification and import facilities.

The project is subject to final investment decision, which is expected by 2023.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth; asset integration and scale; focused innovation and materials science expertise; leading business positions; and environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership to achieve profitable growth and deliver a sustainable future. The Company's ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world. Dow's portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated, science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer applications. Dow operates 104 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $55 billion in 2021. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries.

About HEH

The Hanseatic Energy Hub (HEH) is a terminal for liquefied gases at the industrial site in Stade, Germany. The independent hub diversifies German industry's long-term import needs for affordable energy. In a first development phase, a zero-emission terminal is to be commissioned at end of 2026 at the earliest, with infrastructure also approved for bio-LNG and SNG. The planned regasification capacity is 12 billion m³/a and a feed-in capacity of 21.7 GW. With the development of new carbon-neutral energy sources, the hub will also facilitate the import of hydrogen-based energy carriers. HEH shareholders are the Buss Group from Hamburg, the gas infrastructure operator Fluxys and Partners Group.


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