Düsseldorf/Lubmin (dpa/mv) - According to the Federal Network Agency, the federal government is examining the establishment of a floating liquid gas terminal in the Baltic Sea off Lubmin near Greifswald. "Clarifying talks are currently being held on this," said the President of the Federal Network Agency, Klaus Müller, of the "Rheinische Post" (Thursday).
"In any case, the hinterland connection to the pipeline system would be there because of Nord Stream." However, nautical conditions still have to be clarified. "The Baltic Sea is not as deep as the port in Wilhelmshaven. And the gas has to come from the ship to land - with new pipes or with the existing ones," said Müller.
The federal government has ordered four floating liquid gas terminals. The location has already been determined for two: Brunsbüttel and Wilhelmshaven. They should go into operation as early as winter. Against the background of reduced supplies of Russian natural gas through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, the urgency for alternatives increases.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's Economics Minister Reinhard Meyer (SPD) welcomed the considerations. "It's good that the federal government also seems to recognize that the Baltic Sea is being considered as a potential location," he said. "As a result, this would above all strengthen the security of supply for the east of Germany with gas." As far as the question of the water depth is concerned, solutions must be sought for this, added a ministry spokesman.
In addition to Lubmin, the Schwerin state government has also discussed Rostock as a location for a liquid gas terminal. In the case of Rostock, however, there are reportedly reservations as to whether parallel work with oil and gas is possible.