Deutsche ReGas says Mukran LNG capacity booked

LNG terminal operator Deutsche ReGas said companies have booked all of the offered regasification capacities at the planned FSRU-based LNG import terminal in the German port of Mukran.

This follows the conclusion of the binding open season as part of the second phase of the “Deutsche Ostsee” LNG terminal at the port of Mukran on the island of Rügen.

Deutsche ReGas offered in total 4 bcm of capacity per year for a period of at least 10 years.

The German firm led by Ingo Wagner and Stephan Knabe said in a statement issued on Wednesday it has awarded all the offered long-term regasification capacities for the second phase of the terminal.

Deutsche ReGas said it also plans to offer remaining volumes at a later date. This is in particular for capacities which can be booked at short notice.

Knabe said in the statement that the “strong” interest received from customers in Germany and in neighboring countries in Eastern Europe shows that the infrastructure of the energy terminal in Mukran and the OPAL/EUGAL pipelines can guarantee security of supply.

With these and the already existing capacities, the majority of the capacities for the planned “Deutsche Ostsee” LNG terminal have been booked, he said.

Two FSRUs

Deutsche ReGas officially launched its Lubmin FSRU-based LNG import terminal in January this year.

The 5.2 bcm facility is the first private LNG terminal in Germany besides the government-backed facilities.

Deutsche ReGas chartered the 2009-built 145,000-cbm, FSRU Neptune, from French energy giant TotalEnergies for this project.

The company also recently confirmed that it plans to install the 174,000-cbm FSRU Transgas Power, owned by Dynagas, to serve the LNG import terminal in the port of Mukran.

This FSRU will work along the FSRU Neptune in Mukran as part of the second phase of the LNG terminal.

Deutsche Regas will move the FSRU Neptune from Lubmin to the Mukran port later this year.

Moreover, the FSRU-based terminal will connect to the gas transmission network via a new Mukran-Lubmin connecting pipeline.

Germany’s Gascade, which built the Lubmin LNG pipeline, is in charge for this pipeline as well.

The second phase of the terminal will have a capacity of up to 13.5 bcm per year, Deutsche ReGas said.

This terminal has faced strong opposition from environmental groups in Germany.

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