French construction group Vinci has won a contract to build Germany’s second liquid natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal at Brunsbüttel on the mouth of the Elbe. The facility will allow imports of LNG to help replace Russian gas.
In July, regulators fast-tracked approval for Germany’s first LNG terminal at the North Sea port of Wilhelmshaven.
The Brunsbüttel project was first mooted in 2018, but progress was slowed by opposition from environmental groups. It is now being expedited by the German government as it scrambles to make up for the ending of gas supplies from Russia.
The work will be carried out as an engineer, procure and construct contract by Vinci subsidiary Cobra IS as part of a consortium that also includes Spanish engineer Sener.
When complete in 2026, the terminal will have two 165,000 cubic metre storage tanks and be able to produce some 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year.
Cobra IS and Sener have carried out similar projects in the past, including terminals at Sagunto and Bahía de Bizkaia in Spain, Gate in the Netherlands, Dunkirk in France and Zeebrugge in Belgium.