Press release from the GAA Lüneburg

Press release on the early start of initial groundwork for the construction and operation of an LNG terminal in Stade

In the approval procedure for the construction and operation of an LNG terminal for liquefied gases in Stade-Bützfleth, the Lüneburg ‘Gewerbeaufsichtsamt’ Trade Inspectorate, which is responsible for the immission control approval, has approved the early start of the first measures to prepare the ground for construction. Accordingly, the applicant Hanseatic Energy Hub GmbH can now start preparing the site.

In addition to a floating FSRU (Floating Storage and Regasification Unit), a land-based LNG terminal for liquefied gases is to be built in Stade and contribute to the energy supply in Germany from the end of 2026. The floating FSRU will thus be replaced. The "fixed" land-based terminal will also use waste heat from the adjacent industrial park for regasification. In addition, the planned facility will already be prepared for the use of hydrogen-based energy carriers.

The approval of the early start applies only to the area preparation before the breeding season and exclusively to the clearing and removal of the topsoil with subsequent sand filling within the industrial area in Stade.

Christian Quittek / Lüneberg ‘Gewerbeaufsichtsamt’ State Trade Inspectorate


The Lüneberg State Trade Inspectorate is one of 10 state authorities for providing labor, environmental and consumer protection in Lower Saxony. The authority oversees around 19,500 enterprises in the rural districts of Lüneburg, Harburg, Uelzen and Dannenberg. The Trade Inspectorate is responsible for monitoring the use of pharmaceutical products across the entire former administrative district of Lüneburg – i.e. between Celle and Cuxhaven. Permitting procedures under the Federal Immission Control Act for large technical facilities and planning approval procedures for landfills often involve public participation. Coal-fired power plants planned on the Elbe and the poultry slaughterhouse in Wietze are just some of the things currently arousing public interest. The approximately 50 employees at the Lüneburg Trade Inspectorate come from a variety of educational backgrounds, which in total ensures a competent and efficient administration: they include chemists, physicists, lawyers, food technologists, mechanical engineers, process engineers, mining engineers, pharmacists, auto mechanics and hydraulic engineers. By exercising state control and advice, they all pursue the goal of a safe, environmentally compatible and consumer-friendly economy in Lower Saxony. Further information is available at: