Germany scales back LNG terminal plans as supply crisis eases Ship’s crew


BERLIN, May 15 (Reuters) – Germany will almost halve planned capacity for liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in the Baltic Sea, a government source said, as Berlin reassesses its LNG needs amid local opposition and an easing of energy shortages.

Two floating LNG terminals are to be built in Mukran, off the coast of Rügen, with an annual capacity of around 10 billion cubic meters (billion cubic metres), down from the previously planned 18 billion cubic metres, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Deutsche Regas will operate the floating fuel stations in Rügen, a popular tourist attraction, in place of energy supplier RWE called Last month, they didn’t want to operate any LNG infrastructure in the long term.

The government will include the project in its LNG Acceleration Act, which provides an overview of Berlin’s LNG infrastructure plans, she added.

Germany last year pushed to accelerate the build-out of its LNG infrastructure after Moscow invaded Ukraine and a sudden drop in Russian gas imports into Europe’s largest economy exposed Berlin’s dependence on Russia.

In just under a year, three floating terminals in the ports of Wilhelmshaven, Brunsbüttel and Lubmin were built, approved and put into operation and helped Germany to avoid an energy shortage last winter.

Berlin plans to replace some of its floating terminals with permanent stations from 2026 and has dismissed criticism from environmental groups about the planned overcapacity, saying the German ports would also supply European neighbours.

(Reporting by Markus Wacket, text by Riham Alkousaa; Editing by Barbara Lewis)

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