SEFE delivers its first LNG cargo to Germany

German gas importer Securing Energy for Europe (SEFE) has delivered its first liquefied natural gas cargo to Germany.

SEFE said in a statement it has completed its first import of LNG into Germany using its booked slot in the Wilhelmshaven LNG terminal.

The first Wilhelmshaven LNG terminal is operated by state-owned LNG terminal operator Deutsche Energy Terminal and the facility features the 170,000-cbm FSRU Hoegh Esperanza.

According to SEFE, regasified LNG will be managed by the company and its sales arm Wingas as part of SEFE’s European gas portfolio.

SEFE said the third-party LNG cargo has been sourced from the United States and procured by the company on a delivered ex-ship (DES) basis.

The company did not reveal further details regarding the spot shipment.

Last week, the 2011-built 174,000-cbm LNG carrier, BW ENN Crystal Sky, formerly Stena Crystal Sky, delivered a cargo to the FSRU from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass terminal, its AIS data shows.

In autumn 2023, as part of the first DET auction, SEFE was able to secure slots at the Wilhelmshaven 1 LNG terminal, the firm said.

SEFE also secured slots at the LNG terminal in the Sassnitz-Mukran ferry port, which will be used as soon as a test phase there has been concluded, it said.

Private firm Deutsche ReGas operates the Mukran LNG terminal that will host two FSRUs.

LNG deals

The German government took over Securing Energy for Europe (SEFE), previously Gazprom Germania, in November 2022 saying the move is necessary to protect its energy security due to Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine.

In March, state-owned producer Oman LNG and SEFE finalized their previously announced LNG supply deal for 0.4 million tonnes per annum of LNG between 2026 and 2029.

Prior to that, SEFE also signed a larger supply deal with UAE’s Adnoc for supplies from the proposed LNG terminal in Al Ruwais.

Under this deal, SEFE Marketing & Trading Singapore will buy 1 mtpa of LNG for a period of 15 years.

Last year, SEFE’s unit Wingas also signed a deal with US LNG exporter Venture Global to purchase 2.25 mtpa of LNG from the latter’s planned CP2 LNG project.

SEFE also previously booked long-term capacity at Hanseatic Energy Hub’s Stade LNG import terminal in Germany.

HEH recently took a final investment decision to build the LNG terminal that is set for launch in 2027.

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