Work starts in Germany on €1bn onshore LNG terminal

Hanseatic Energy Hub’s rendering of the completed terminal
Germany’s Hanseatic Energy Hub (HEH) has begun work on its €1bn Stade terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) near Hamburg.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place on Friday, attended by around 200 partners and backers, including investors from Enagás (Spain), Dow (US), and Buss Group (Germany).

The facility will be Germany’s first land-based terminal for LNG. According to HEH, it will have two LNG tanks with a capacity of 240,000 cubic metres, making them the largest in Europe.

They’ll supply 13.3 billion cubic metres of natural gas a year.

The terminal is being built on an EPC basis by a consortium led by Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas and its partners, FCC and Enka.

HEH commented: “To make the LNG terminal a reality by 2027, workers will have to drive around 4,600 piles into the ground” and pour “60 thousand cubic metres of concrete, the equivalent of around 20 Olympic swimming pools”.

It added that 11,000 tonnes of structural steelwork will be erected, weighing 1.5 times as much as the Eiffel Tower.

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