German Chancellor Olaf Scholz inaugurated today in Lubmin, in the north of Germanythe second liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, and celebrated that the plan to reduce energy dependence on Russia and guarantee supply is bearing fruit.
He stressed that shortly before Christmas he was able to inaugurate the LNG terminal in Wilhelmshaven (Lower Saxony), today in Lubmin (Mecklenburg-Antepomerania) the second unit starts up and next week it could be the turn of Brunsbüttel (Schleswig-Holstein). .
“Everything is part of a plan with which we want to guarantee that Germany can import all the gas that it imported before,” he declared.
This will be done “with better supplies from Norway via the pipeline, with the use of the gas that the Netherlands continues to make available to us from the North Sea, with the use of Western European ports, but precisely also with new possibilities of import that we have created at a very high German rate on the northern shores,” he said.
“For me it is a good sign. The announcement still stands. We will continue in the same line. We will continue to expand the capacities here and elsewhere, among other things with fixed terminals, but also with more regasification vessels, so that the achievement of this goal is really guaranteed”, he added.
Scholz spoke of “a good time” against those who predicted a “bad future” for the country.
He welcomed the fact that Germany is able to overcome this winter and that the gas supply has not been affected, “contrary to what many feared for a long time.”
“There has been no economic crisis in Germany either. We have managed to stabilize the economy, not only with support programs worth billions for citizens, workers and companies, but because we have made sure that the energy supply in Germany in difficult times is guaranteed, ”he declared.
He also stressed that gas prices in world markets are falling, also in Europe and Germany.
According to Scholz, this all has to do with decisions that were made and prepared very early, “in due time” and “at a completely new German pace”.
“Even before the war that Russia started against Ukraine, we thought about what would happen if Russia cut off gas supplies to Germany and Europe in the way that actually happened” later, he said.
For her part, the Head of Government of Mecklenburg-Antepomerania, Manuela Schweisg, affirmed that the use of liquefied natural gas could only be a temporary solution and stressed that the future lies in renewable energies, reported the regional public channel WDR.
“We are pleased to take another step towards energy security in Germany today,” said Schwesig, who wants to turn Lubmin, on the Baltic Sea, into an energy powerhouse.
In the presence of Scholz, the operators of the facility received the operating license.
As in the case of the Wilhelmshaven terminal (Lower Saxony), a special ship receives the liquefied natural gas and transforms it into a gaseous state to feed the network.
Privately run by French energy group Totalenergies and Deutsche ReGas, the Lubmin floating terminal will supply mainly eastern Germany with up to 5.2 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year.
The first imported liquefied natural gas in Lubmin comes from Egypt.
Germany plans to cover about a third of its gas demand through floating LNG terminals.
For their part, environmental organizations criticize that by creating excessive capacities for gas imports in the long term, Germany is hindering the set objective of abandoning fossil fuels.
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