In an effort to kick start liquid natural gas in Germany, the Bundestag has allocated EUR 135 million to underwrite LNG tank vessel infrastructure. At present there are no LNG terminals in Germany, something the government hopes to change.
„This is how we strengthen shipping as a climate-friendly transport and freight option,“ conservative parliamentarian Andreas Mattfeldt told Clean Energy Wire.
LNG would make „a significant contribution to the energy mix of the future,“ Mattfeldt added, calling liquefied gas „a technology that harmonizes with our climate targets.“ Mattfeldt also stressed that the support payments would help to strengthen the maritime economy during the coronavirus crisis.
In 2018, German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier promised to accelerate construction of the country’s first LNG terminal. He said his country would speed up the process to build its first LNG import terminal as “a gesture to our American friends,” after US President Donald Trump criticized Germany for its dependence on Russian gas and the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.