German LNG Terminal Prepares Tender

Brunsbuettel Site to Have 8 bcma Capacity

Authorities developing a liquefied natural gas, or LNG, terminal project in Northern Germany, have launched pre-qualification for tenders to complete work at the site in Brunsbuettel.

Joint venture developer German LNG Terminal said it was seeking interest to participate in the project, which will include extensive breakbulk transport. The proposed plant will have capacity for 8 billion cubic meter of fuel per annum.

“Binding (lump-sum) offers will have to be prepared and submitted by pre-qualified bidders between August and October 2019. The winning bidder(s) will be announced during the first quarter of 2020,” a spokesperson for the venture said.

Vopak and Gasunie

Comprising a consortium of European fuel specialist companies, German LNG Terminal GmbH is led by Dutch companies Vopak and Gasunie, with participation from German company Oiltanking, part of Marquard & Bahls AG.

The joint venture plans to build, own and independently operate a combined import and distribution LNG terminal in Brunsbuettel, Northern Germany, and will combine the partners’ “considerable expertise” in gas and LNG storage and handling, pipeline and terminal operations.

“The terminal’s business model is characterized by the provision of multipurpose services, as well as open access to terminal capacity,” a spokesperson for the venture said.

Four EPC Contractors

The joint venture partners envisage that that up to four EPC contractor entities will be pre-qualified to enter the competitive tender process.

They expect Brunsbuettel to benefit primarily from its its easy access to markets in northwest Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltics due to its location near the North Sea along the Elbe River, and close to the Kiel Canal. Close proximity to the port of Hamburg with according LNG bunker potential and within the ChemCoast Park that includes industrial customers with high energy needs are also driving factors.

“In addition, the German federal government supports an LNG terminal as it contributes to gas supply diversification and provides efficient supply chains for LNG as an alternative fuel,” the consortium states.

The winning EPC entities or consortium are expected to receive a full notice to proceed some 6 months after ENTP, and will have about 3 years from ENTP to complete the base scope terminal, inclusive site preparation, waterfront with new jetty, LNG storage and all normal process equipment and supporting infrastructure for an LNG terminal.