Tree Energy Solutions (TES) has announced an open season to accelerate LNG imports into Europe through its Wilhelmshaven regasification terminal.
From April 25, 2022, the open season is accessible to all parties wishing to import LNG with the aim of reducing the energy dependence of the EU and Germany on Russia. Parties are invited to submit an expression of interest to reserve capacity and services for the import of LNG volumes.
TES foresees an initial import capacity of up to 16 – 20 billion m3/a from 2025. The terminal will be connected via the new OGE 42″ gas pipeline to the European high-pressure gas network. The capacity of the terminal and the gas pipeline could be further expanded through the integration of additional LNG tanks and the commissioning of a second export pipeline The timing and size of the expansion will be determined by market demand for LNG imports from 2025, as well as the planned transition to green gas and clean hydrogen.
To help decarbonize Germany and neighboring markets, from 2027/2028 the Wilhelmshaven regasification terminal will, as part of the Wilhelmshaven Green Energy Hub, be increasingly reserved for imports of non-fossil green gas. With a chemical composition similar to that of LNG, TES will be able to use new and existing gas infrastructure, without additional investments, allowing a rapid transition to imports and transport of non-fossil green gas.
The open season will cover three phases: the expression of interest for non-binding applications, the binding application window and the closing of the binding window, offering market players a significant opportunity to secure the future capacity of the Wilhelmshaven Green Energy Hub. .
The development of the Wilhelmshaven terminal will eventually include six berths, 1,600,000 m3 of onshore storage capacity using eight on-site tanks, four of which will be available in the initial phase. The terminal will provide direct access to an extensive gas pipeline network, including the existing salt caverns at Etzel and nearby gas network infrastructure in Groningen. TES will additionally build carbon export facilities as the Green Energy Hub will also be connected to OGE’s CO2 transportation network. In addition, TES will also produce green hydrogen in Wilhelmshaven which will be transported via connections with the H2Ercules project which is developing the German “hydrogen backbone”.
“The TES-Wilhelmshaven project is unique in that it accelerates German and European plans to decarbonize the energy market on a large scale while creating the opportunity to move away from imports of Russian gas as a way out of the current energy crisis,” Otto Waterlander, chief commercial officer at TES, said. “The open season makes it possible to materially meet market needs and will contribute to ensuring the energy security of Germany and the rest of Europe by accelerating the growth of green gas imports.
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