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  • Germany's first LNG terminal in Wilhelmshaven looks back on one year of operation
    édité le 16/12/2023 - Plus de news de "UNIPER" - Voir la fiche entreprise de "UNIPER"

Germany's first LNG terminal in Wilhelmshaven looks back on one year of operation
   - Delivery and conversion of 7 million cubic meters of LNG to date in 2023
   - Feeding around four billion cubic meters of natural gas into the German gas grid
   - Six percent of current German gas consumption covered
   - Uniper focuses on transformation for the future with hydrogen production and ammonia imports
   - Uniper plans 8 billion euros investment in green transformation by 2030

Germany's first LNG terminal at the Hooksiel outer harbour near Wilhelmshaven celebrates its first anniversary on December 17, 2023. The contract awarded to Uniper by the German government in March 2022, enabling the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG) via a seaside terminal in Wilhelmshaven, was completed in record time with a construction period of nine months.

Since commissioning on December 21, 2022, the terminal has been running almost without interruption. 42 LNG carriers have so far delivered around 7 million cubic meters of LNG via the FSRU "Höegh Esperanza". This LNG has been converted into around four billion cubic meters of natural gas and fed into the German gas grid. Around six percent of German gas consumption in 2023 could thus be covered by the liquefied natural gas imported at this location. It is already certain that the capacities of the "Esperanza" will also be fully utilized for 2024.

Uniper´s Chief Operating Officer, Holger Kreetz: "We are very proud of this terminal, which we have built in “Deutschland-Geschwindigkeit”. Exactly one year ago, the Federal Chancellor, federal and state ministers, and hundreds of other guests opened Germany's first LNG terminal in Wilhelmshaven. This year proved how much Germany needed the terminal and will continue to need it in the future. However, Uniper is also working at full steam on future green import opportunities in the form of ammonia. The region around Wilhelmshaven will be an energy hub far into the future."

Dr. Peter Röttgen, Managing Director DET: "The first terminal in Germany was built in Wilhelmshaven exactly one year ago and has laid the foundation for securing the energy supply for Germany and Europe. Our partner Uniper has done a very good job here, not only in the construction but also in the management of the facility in the first year. But this pioneering work was just the beginning. With three more LNG terminals in the German North Sea, we are also contributing to the stability of the energy system."

The Uniper subsidiary LNG Terminal Wilhelmshaven GmbH (LTeW) is now responsible for the operational and technical management of the terminal and acts on behalf of the federally owned Deutsche Energy Terminal GmbH (DET), which is responsible for the operation and marketing of all LNG terminals built on the German North Sea coast on behalf of the federal government. The realization of the LNG terminal was an important project for Uniper, even though the energy carrier LNG serves Uniper only as a transitional solution on the way to a new, CO2-neutral energy world.

Energy Transformation Hub Northwest (ETHNw) as a building block for a climate-neutral energy supply

Uniper is transforming its own power plants and investing in flexible power generation plants to achieve a climate-neutral energy supply in the future. In total, more than eight billion euros will be invested across the Group between 2023 and 2030. At the Wilhelmshaven site and in the region, investments are being planned in projects to generate green gases and renewable energies, such as a large-scale electrolysis plant on the former power plant site in Wilhelmshaven, an ammonia import terminal near the current LNG terminal as well as solar and wind power plants. These large-scale projects are part of Uniper's ETHNw initiative, which also includes other electrolysis plants, renewable energy projects and H2 storage projects in Conneforde, Elsfleth, Etzel, Huntorf, Krummhörn and Wilhelmshaven. In addition, solar parks with a capacity of around 300 MW are to be built in Elsfleth and around 17 MW in Wilhelmshaven. The development of the sites is just as much a focus as the training of skilled workers. All projects will be of fundamental importance in making the northwest of Germany a national energy hub.

About Uniper

Düsseldorf-based Uniper is an international energy company with activities in more than 40 countries. The company and its roughly 7,000 employees make an important contribution to supply security in Europe, particularly in its core markets of Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

Uniper’s operations encompass power generation in Europe, global energy trading, and a broad gas portfolio. Uniper procures gas—including liquefied natural gas (LNG)—and other energy sources on global markets. The company owns and operates gas storage facilities with a total capacity of more than 7 billion cubic meters.

Uniper intends to be completely carbon-neutral by 2040. Uniper aims for its installed power generating capacity to be more than 80% zero-carbon by 2030. To achieve this, the company is transforming its power plants and facilities and investing in flexible, dispatchable power generating units. Uniper is already one of Europe’s largest operators of hydropower plants and is helping further expand solar and wind power, which are essential for a more sustainable and secure future. The company is progressively expanding its gas portfolio to include green gases like hydrogen and biomethane and aims to convert to these gases over the long term.

Uniper is a reliable partner for communities, municipal utilities, and industrial enterprises for planning and implementing innovative, lower-carbon solutions on their decarbonization journey. Uniper is a hydrogen pioneer, is active worldwide along the entire hydrogen value chain, and is conducting projects to make hydrogen a mainstay of the energy supply.

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