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German LNG Terminal begins EPC prequalification process

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German LNG Terminal GmbH, the joint venture behind the LNG terminal project in Brunsbuettel, Northern Germany, will start the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) prequalification process this month. Potential EPC contractors announcing their interest to participate in the project on or before 1 July 2019 will receive a prequalification package.

Binding (lump-sum) offers will have to be prepared and submitted by pre-qualified bidders between August and October 2019. The winning bidder(s) will be announced during the first quarter of 2020, followed by the release of an early (or limited) notice to proceed to commence scheduled early activities.

German LNG Terminal GmbH is a joint venture of Dutch companies Vopak and Gasunie as well as German company Oiltanking, part of Marquard & Bahls AG. They combine considerable expertise in gas and LNG storage and handling, pipeline and terminal operations as well as a firm commitment to build Germany’s first LNG terminal. Vopak and Gasunie have already successfully joined forces to build and operate the GATE terminal in Rotterdam.

The joint venture plans to build, own and independently operate a combined import and distribution LNG terminal in Brunsbuettel, Northern Germany. The terminal’s business model is characterised by the provision of multi-purpose services as well as open access to terminal capacity.

Brunsbuettel benefits from several advantages:

  • Its location near the North Sea along the Elbe river, and close to the Kiel Canal and therefore its easy access to markets in north-western Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltics.
  • Its close proximity to the port of Hamburg with according LNG bunker potential.
  • Its location within the ChemCoast Park that includes industrial customers with high energy needs.
  • Strong support of both local and regional government.

In addition, the German federal government supports an 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 with interest from future customers reflected in the execution of several heads of agreements.

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