The infrastructure of the site will be open for different types of usage from the beginning and can be adapted to medium and long-term developments. Instead of building a completely new site, it will be much quicker to adapt the terminal for ammonia imports.
More than 50 per cent of the planned investments serve to establish a basic industrial infrastructure that will also be necessary for hydrogen-based energy carriers. This way, the Hanseatic Energy Hub is already creating the basis for importing future hydrogen-based liquefied gases.
There is already significant national and international interest in the Hanseatic Energy Hub, with a multitude of potential customers looking to use the terminal in the future. Local industry also has great purchasing potential. An entry point to the German gas grid is also available in the immediate vicinity. As Germany’s second-largest city, Hamburg has a particularly high gas demand.
The refuelling of bunker vessels in Stade enables the supply of LNG-powered ships to the nearby Port of Hamburg and other ports along the Elbe and the Kiel Canal.
Two LNG tanks each with a capacity of 240,000 m3 are planned on Dow’s industrial premises. During the first development phase, this will enable around 12 billion cubic metres of natural gas to be regasified annually.
By comparison, Germany’s annual demand in 2018 was around 80 billion cubic metres.
The open rack vaporisers (ORVs) have a feed-in capacity of 21.7 GW and can be adapted to market requirements.
Acting as a bridge, LNG is an important part of the energy transition, helping to secure the supply of affordable energy to the German economy by diversifying routes and sources. The entire infrastructure is also approved for biogas and SNG. Moreover, the storage capabilities of the hub will offer additional flexibility.
Use of the terminal will be subject to clear regulations set out by the German Federal Network Agency.
The basic principle of these regulations is that trade and operation of infrastructure are clearly separated. In line with this requirement, the capacity of the terminal will be tendered internationally in an ‘open season’ procedure.
The free selection of gas suppliers ensures greater competition and independence in the energy supply.