KN takes over commercial management of four LNG terminals in Germany

Lithuanian LNG terminal operator KN has won a contract from state-owned Deutsche Energy Terminal to manage four FSRU-based LNG terminals in Germany.

KN said in a statement it has secured the public tender for the commercial management of the LNG terminals and the contract starts on January 10.

Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action established Düsseldorf-based DET in January 2023 to manage FSRU-based LNG import terminals.

DET currently operates Germany’s first LNG terminals on the North Sea coast, the Wilhelmshaven 1 LNG terminal, developed by Uniper, and the Brunsbüttel LNG terminal, developed by RWE.

Additionally, DET will operate two upcoming terminals: the second LNG terminal in Wilhelmshaven and the LNG terminal in Stade.

Until now, KN already provided management services for the 1 Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbüttel LNG terminals, but after DET took over the management of these facilities, a new tender was launched for the consolidated commercial management of four LNG terminals, it said.

Under the new contract, commercial management services for the four LNG terminals will include managing commercial and logistics operations, gas dispatching processes, accounting and reporting of the commercial activities to the DET.

Also, the contract includes a commitment to capacity building and knowledge transfer of KN expertise to DET staff.

During the term of the contract, the objective is to train the local team to be able to ensure the commercial operation of the terminals themselves, KN said.

The company did not provide the price tag of the contract.

German FSRUs

The German government, helped by Uniper, RWE, and TES chartered in total five FSRUs from Hoegh LNG, Dynagas, and Excelerate Energy.

Uniper and RWE already installed Hoegh LNG’s FSRUs Hoegh Esperanza and Hoegh Gannet in Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbüttel.

Also, the government sub-chartered the FSRU Transgas Power, owned by Dynagas, to private firm Deutsche Regas. This FSRU will serve the planned LNG import terminal in the port of Mukran.

DET previously told LNG Prime it is planning to commission both its FSRU-based facilities in Stade and the second terminal in Wilhelmshaven in the first quarter of 2024.

The company recently allocated 11 regasification slots at its FSRU-based LNG import terminal in Germany’s Stade as it works to launch the facility in February.

This was the second time DET marketed regasification capacities for its FSRU-based terminals in digital auction rounds after auctions for the Brunsbüttel and Wilhelmshaven 1 sites.

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