Germany opens second liquefied natural gas terminal

BERLIN (AP) — Germany opened its second liquefied natural gas terminal on Saturday. This is part of a move by Europe’s largest economy to firmly back its dependence on Russia’s energy sources.

Prime Minister Olaf Scholz attended a ceremony held in Lupmin on the Baltic coast. First LNG terminal At Wilhelmshaven in the North Sea. Several more will be online in the coming months, including another from Lubmin.

Terminals are part of an effort to prevent energy starvation, which involves temporarily reactivating old energy. Oil and coal power Extend the life of the power plant and the last three German Nuclear power plantwas scheduled to be off from the end of 2022 to mid-April.

Days after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Scholz announced that the government had decided to quickly build its first LNG terminal.

Germany also worked to fill up its gas storage facilities ahead of winter. Last week, the German network regulator last week said, gas shortage This winter is “increasingly unlikely”.

Russia once supplied more than half of Germany’s natural gas, but has not since The end of AugustThe gas was sent primarily via the Nordstream 1 pipeline under the Baltic Sea landing at Lubumin.

“We are getting through this winter … Gas supplies are intact and unlike what many have long feared, we can secure gas supplies anywhere in Germany,” Scholz said. said on Saturday. “Even in Germany, the economic crisis did not materialize,” he added, pointing to government support programs, decisions to secure energy supplies and falling gas prices on world markets.

Scholz praised the speed with which the first terminal was built and said a third German terminal at Brunsbuettel on the North Sea coast would require a special regasification vessel. It will arrive next week.