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Fraunhofer investigates LNG potential at Brunsbuettel

First results from Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services expected in autumn. Potential for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal already demonstrated.

In recent months, the port and industrial zone at Brunsbuettel has positioned itself as a potential LNG terminal site. The Elbe port facilities operated by Brunsbuettel Ports GmbH are deep enough for ocean-going vessels, have space available, and are already experienced in handling similar goods. The situation is well-suited for the construction of LNG infrastructure, according to an announcement by Port of Hamburg Marketing.

Delivery to industry also possible

Brunsbuettel is situated on the major transport routes to and from Hamburg and to the Kiel Canal. The geographical position makes the supply of LNG to the ports of Hamburg, Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven equally conceivable. Potential users of liquefied natural gas include the shipping industry and also industrial companies from the chemicals industry at these sites. Europe-wide, LNG could be delivered to industrial companies and other inland users via rail and road freight. A cooperation agreement is already in place with the Hamburg-based company VTG, which recently presented the first tank wagon specifically developed for the transportation of LNG by rail.

Potential for development

The primary requirements for the construction of LNG infrastructure are already fulfilled. An investment decision, however, is also dependent on the commercial environment. The Schleswig-Holstein State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Technology, the Brunsbuettel Development Corporation, and Brunsbuettel Ports GmbH therefore commissioned Fraunhofer CML to conduct an independent study into the economic potential of LNG infrastructure. The results of the study are expected this autumn.

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