LNG development on the North Sea coast of Lower Saxony

16th of March 2020


The application of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) is becoming increasingly important for the national gas supply. The decline in supplies from domestic production and from other established supplier countries will result in a significant natural gas supply gap and monopolization by the remaining suppliers by 2028. In order to close these gaps and not to increase energy and geopolitical dependencies to a critical extent, the construction of a terminal in northern Germany for the import of LNG or gas from renewable energies by ship is recommended.

The application of LNG as a fuel for shipping and heavy-duty traffic also represents an important step towards reducing emissions. Despite optimistic forecasts and a constantly increasing number of LNG-powered vessels and trucks, there are still many questions regarding the further development of LNG technology, infrastructure, logistics and regulations. In addition, the question arises as to what role small and medium-sized companies in particular can play in the value chains of further LNG development.

With the LNG.Agentur Niedersachsen, Lower Saxony has set out to create the opportunities and potential for sustainable economic LNG development on the coast and for the entire state. The objective of the project is to actively support, but also to critically accompany the development of an LNG infrastructure and LNG technology across all sectors in Lower Saxony and especially in the coastal region.

The LNG.Agentur Niedersachsen is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economics, Labour, Transport and Digitization through the "Joint Task for the Improvement of Regional Economic Structures" (GRW). The office is located at MARIKO GmbH in Leer.

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