Location of the LNG terminal in Stade, Germany

The LNG terminal in Stade, Germany, will be built on the site of the existing industrial park in Stade. It is optimally located at the Elbe river, with access to the North Sea and the Port of Hamburg, it is close to two major motorways and the largest European marshalling railyard in Maschen.


The Hanseatic Energy Hub is located in the economically strong metropolitan region of Hamburg. As a ‘gateway to the world’, the Port of Hamburg is one of the world’s leading trans-shipment sites and is a key trading centre in northern Europe. In addition to cargo handling, Hamburg is also one of the leading industrial locations in Germany.


The Hanseatic city of Stade is strategically located from a logistic perspective – conveniently located on the Elbe, access to the North Sea and the Port of Hamburg, close to two motorways and Europe’s largest marshalling yard in Maschen. Goods can thus be transported on by various means.


The location offers optimal networking of the chemicals industry, logistics and the energy sector. The synergy effects of the hub result in the development of a unique centre point.

Hanseatic Energy Hub

The LNG delivered by ship can be used and stored in various ways. The LNG is regasified with no emissions using waste heat from local industry and can be fed directly into the German gas network through a connection. Onward transportation via truck or train is also possible. The regasified LNG is also used to supply the energy demands for local industry. Bunker vessels can be loaded with fuel in Stade in order to supply LNG-powered ships. LNG also contributes to the mobility transformation as a fuel for trucks and trains. If the LNG is not used immediately, it can be stored in storage tanks or regasified in salt caverns. The synergies at the site also enable excess power from the renewable energies to be stored. This power can be converted into hydrogen, for example, through electrolysis (power-to-X). This hydrogen then forms the basis for further processing into bio-LNG or bio-methanol, for example.

LNG Terminal in Stade: Advantages

Areas already developed
The terminal is built on the site of the existing industrial park. This means that there is no impact on nature or protected areas.The entry point to the general German gas grid is available through existing corridors in the immediate vicinity.

The terminal uses the industrial waste heat from Dow to regasify the LNG without any additional CO2 emissions. The cold stored in the LNG is also used for the local industry’s cooling processes.

Sustainable concept
Natural gas cannot escape either during the transportation or handling of LNG. The construction of an LNG filling station for trucks supports the mobility transition. LNG as a fuel reduces CO2 emissions and has a considerably better emissions balance than traditional fossil fuels.

Contribution to the local economy
The Hanseatic Energy Hub will create 60–80 skilled positions in the area. The regional supplier industry will be involved in the construction and operation of the terminal. The expanded port facility can be used by all local businesses. The prospects of the industrial park at Stade will be secured for the longterm future.

Ready for the future with renewable energies
Power-to-X and X-to-power procedures can be used at the location. Synthetic gases can also be handled.

Safety through experience
With almost 50 years of experience working with liquefied gases at the site, the highest safety standards are guaranteed. The LNG storage tanks are located on a well-secured industrial site.

LNG suppliers can be freely selected
The country of origin, supplier and type of gas (e.g. bio-LNG) can be freely selected with our LNG terminal – unlike with a gas pipeline. The new access to a global gas market guarantees supply.

The synergies available at the location enable minimal investment and operating costs.

Customer proximity

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 network 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. 

Conveniently located
The location is a hub for transportation via rail, road and sea. Tankers of up to Q-Max size (345 m long) can dock at the new port. LNG-powered trains and trucks can also refuel here. LNG can also be transported by rail or truck to regions that are not connected to the gas pipeline grid. An entry point to the German gas grid is also available in the immediate vicinity.

High capacities
Two LNG tanks each with a capacity of 240,000 m3 are planned on the industrial site of Dow. During the first phase, this enables around 12 bcm/a of natural gas to be handled. By comparison, Germany’s annual requirements are currently around 80 bcm/a.
The open rack vaporisers (ORVs) for regasifying the LNG have a capacity of 15 bcm/a. These capacities can also be expanded.

Cost-effective, secure energy supply
Proximity to the entry point of the general German gas grid reduces costs for consumers. The gas pipeline for supplying the general German gas grid is available via existing corridors, so there is no need for a time-consuming establishment of new corridors.

Availability for the global gas market
The free selection of gas suppliers ensures greater competition and independence in the energy supply.