WORLD – GERMANY
The German government is in talks with the Swiss company Nord Stream 2 to use more than three thousand pipes that were intended for the NS2 gas pipeline. This was reported by the Welt am Sonntag newspaper on Saturday, 25 February. This was reported by the Welt am Sonntag newspaper on Saturday, 25 February.
The pipes are planned to be used to build a gas pipeline almost 40 kilometres long from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal off the island of Rügen to Lubmin.
From the legal point of view, the deal has a number of difficulties, as Nord Stream 2 is formally owned by the Russian concern Gazprom, the newspaper said, citing independent sources.
Officially the negotiations have not yet been confirmed. The German economy ministry responded to journalists’ enquiries with silence, and Nord Stream 2 said it “does not give information on commercial deals as a matter of principle”.
LNG terminal near Rügen
The construction of an LNG terminal near Rügen is scheduled to begin in May this year. It should be commissioned by winter.
Using pipes left over from NS2 would be an obvious step to meet such a tight deadline, says Welt am Sonntag.
The construction of the terminal has been entrusted to energy company RWE. The mayors of several towns in Germany’s largest resort island of Rügen have opposed the LNG project on environmental grounds.
The first LNG carrier arrived in Lubmin on December 30, 2022. The Neptun floating terminal in Lubmin will receive the LNG and convert it to gaseous form. It is expected to pump 5.2 billion cubic metres of gas annually into the German gas pipeline network.