Clear the way for the import of LNG via Lubmin. The terminal, which was set up in a very short time, is due to receive the last outstanding permit in the coming week.

Lubmin (dpa/mv) – Green light for the Lubmin terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG): Nothing stands in the way of the last outstanding operating license being issued by the responsible state authority, said a spokesman for the Schwerin Ministry of the Environment on Thursday. As the ministry announced, the documents are to be made available for inspection again for four days from Monday and published on the Internet.

“The approval notice can then be signed and officially handed over,” Minister Till Backhaus was quoted as saying. “We have thoroughly examined all objections, including many safety-related questions from residents and environmental groups.”

It is also particularly important to him to get away from fossil fuels. He is therefore very pleased that the company Deutsche Regas has only applied for an operating period until the end of 2031 and not until the end of 2043, as the LNG Acceleration Act would have made possible. The structures should be used for climate-neutral hydrogen in the future. Backhaus also emphasizes “that no biocides are used here near the Greifswalder Bodden and that there is no risk of the Bodden heating up”.

Deutsche Regas started construction work on the terminal in Lubmin in western Pomerania at the end of September. Originally, December 1st was targeted as the start of operations. However, the necessary permits were not yet available. Shortly before Christmas, approval for a limited test run was granted.

The privately financed terminal is one of the first operational LNG terminals in Germany. In Wilhelmshaven, Lower Saxony, natural gas was fed in for the first time at the end of last year as part of a test operation. A terminal in Brunsbüttel in Schleswig-Holstein is to be launched shortly.

Germany relies, among other things, on LNG delivered by ship to replace missing Russian gas supplies. This is converted back into the gaseous state and fed into the grid. The terminal in Lubmin will initially have a feed-in capacity of up to 5.2 billion cubic meters of gas per year.