11.07.2022, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lubmin: Rohrsysteme und Absperrvorrichtungen in der Gasempfangsstation der Ostseepipeline Nord Stream 1 und der Übernahmestation der Ferngasleitung OPAL (Ostsee-Pipeline-Anbindungsleitung). Die Ostsee-Pipeline Nord Stream 1, durch die seit 2011 russisches Erdgas nach Deutschland fließt, wird wegen planungsmäßiger Wartungsarbeiten für etwa zehn Tage abgeschaltet. Foto: Jens Büttner/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

The federal and Mecklenburg-Western Pomeranian state governments support Deutsche Regas’ plans to land liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Lubmin in Western Pomerania. The “Tagesspiegel” reported exclusively on the planned project three weeks ago.

The plans are “good news for Germany,” said Michael Kellner (Greens), State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics, at a meeting with investors in Rostock. The Economics Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Reinhard Meyer (SPD), said that the plans were expressly supported with a view to the short-term schedule.

Deutsche Regas plans to feed up to 4.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually into the German transmission network from December. For this purpose, a floating LNG terminal is to be moored in the Lubmin port. This is said to come from the French energy group Totalenergies. Representatives of both companies signed a corresponding key issues paper on Wednesday in Rostock. According to investors, the project is initially planned without state funding.

For the time being, the port of Rostock has been ruled out as a possible location for landing LNG. According to Meyer, a study has shown that both crude oil and LNG cannot be landed under current conditions. Nevertheless, the landing with a floating terminal is to be pursued further. “But that will not be able to happen immediately.” It is planned for a so-called second phase of the LNG supply for Germany after appropriate preliminary work.