The port is strategically located in relation to Hamburg, the Elbe and the Kiel Canal and is accessible to the largest LNG tankers with a length of 345 m.
Smaller tankers can carry LNG either to supply inland waterway ports or to supply ships in Hamburg, on the Elbe or in the Kiel Canal directly with LNG for fuel (‘bunkering’). LNG is a fuel for ships that is far more environmentally friendly than the conventional heavy fuel oil.
In addition to extensive calculations and maritime performance tests in the simulator, exercises were carried out with various ship sizes, both for the landside terminal and the FSRU. Result: All requirements for safe operation have been fully met.
The port can also be used by companies such as Dow for raw materials and products. More than 70 percent of the planned investments at the port serve to establish a basic industrial infrastructure that will also be necessary for hydrogen-based energy carriers.
LNG terminal for liquefied gases
The plan is to use industrial waste heat from Dow to regasify the LNG. This will prevent CO2 emissions during this process. Boil-off gases that inevitably form in LNG systems can be used as fuel directly at the location. The cold stored in the LNG during the liquefaction of the natural gas will be fed into Dow’s cooling circuits. These synergies with the industrial park enable the development of a zero-emission terminal. This will also significantly improve the ecological footprint of the location.
The terminal will consist of two large storage tanks each with a capacity of 240,000 m3 and a vaporisation system in which the liquid cryogenic LNG will be regasified. The infrastructure is approved for LNG, Bio-LNG and SNG. During the first development phase, this will allow for around 13 billion cubic metres of natural gas to be handled per year with a feed-in capacity of 21.7 GW; it can be adapted to suit market requirements.
The hub will also offer storage capacities, thereby providing more flexibility to respond to market developments.
Its location makes it possible to establish optimal connections between the chemical, logistics and energy sectors. The synergies created by the hub will result in the development of a new and unique interchange.
Today, hydrogen is already being produced on a large scale here, as a by-product thus far. The industrial park also has one of the largest electrical substations in Germany, which distributes a large volume of electricity from offshore wind farms in the North Sea.
The industrial park in Stade is the perfect site, logistically speaking, conveniently located on the River Elbe, with access to the North Sea and the Port of Hamburg, close to two major motorways and the largest European marshalling rail yard in Maschen. Liquefied gas can be distributed via ship, truck and also by rail in the future. This enables supply to regions that are not connected to the gas pipeline network.
With almost 50 years of experience working with liquefied gases at the site, the highest safety standards are guaranteed. The Hanseatic Energy Hub will be located on a well-secured industrial site.