In the short term, the terminal being constructed in the town of Brunsbüttel near Hamburg is planned for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). It will be Germany’s first ever LNG terminal, and the project was conceived amid pressure from the United States on Germany not to become too dependent on the Russian NordStream 2 pipeline. But that’s probably not where the story will end.
An evaluation performed by the Institute for Environmental Technology and the Energy Economy at the Technical University of Hamburg has found that the site is suitable for “multifunction” use. That opens the possibility of using the terminal for liquid hydrogen methane and ammonia as well as LNG.
“In terms of the size of the site, the hydrogen compatible pipeline connections and storage capacities, even the basic design has been conceived so as to keep all our possibilities open,” the projects business manager, Philipp Kroepel, told German newspaper Handelsblatt.
If all goes to plan, the new terminal will open next year.