Owing to Europe rising gas demand which is attributed to raging war between Russian and Ukraine, ADNOC and RWE Aktiengesellschaft (RWE) have jointly delivered the first-ever shipment of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from the Middle East to the Elbehafen floating LNG terminal in Brunsbüttel, Germany.The shipment of 137,000 cubic meters of LNG is the commissioning cargo for the new floating LNG terminal in Brunsbüttel and originated from ADNOC Gas at Das Island in Abu Dhabi,
The shipment was seen of great importance at a critical moment, when most European nations are struggling with energy crisis following the shutdown of supply from Russia, the delivery is considered an important milestone in developing Germany’s domestic LNG supply infrastructure and supporting the country’s energy security with natural gas.
The cargo is sufficient to produce approximately 900 million kilowatt hours of electricity, enough to supply approximately a quarter million German homes for a year.
A ceremony was held at the LNG cargo during the occasion and Ahmed Alebri, Acting CEO of ADNOC Gas, commented: “The successful delivery of the Middle East’s first LNG cargo to Germany demonstrates how the UAE is continuing to work closely with our strategic partners in responsibly providing secure, sustainable and affordable energy supplies.
“The global demand for energy is increasing and as we build on the strong economic, energy security and climate action ties between our two nations, ADNOC Gas is ready to provide further shipments of this key transition fuel to our partner, RWE and German industry.”
Andree Stracke, Chief Executive Officer, RWE Supply & Trading, added: “After the arrival of the floating terminal in mid-January, the first LNG delivery from the Middle East is the next important step. The development of the LNG supply infrastructure in Germany continues to make rapid progress.
“RWE is pleased that we have ADNOC as a strong partner at our side and that we are working together to make Germany’s energy supply as secure as possible.”
We’re proud to have delivered the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Middle East to Germany.
Noting that Germany needed more liquified natural gas to arrive at terminals like Brunsbüttel, Stefan Wenzel, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, thanked the UAE and added: “Going forward, we must accelerate the switch from conventional natural gas to green hydrogen and derivates such as ammonia – which has the best chance of success at the European and international level. Internationally, the UAE is a very important partner for Germany, both for liquified natural gas cargos and hydrogen projects.”
The UAE-Germany Energy Security and Industry Accelerator (ESIA) Agreement was signed in September 2022 to accelerate projects of joint interest between the two countries in energy security, decarbonisation and climate action.
As part of the agreement, ADNOC entered into an LNG supply agreement with RWE, with further cargos reserved exclusively for German customers in 2023.
ADNOC also entered into agreements with German companies, including Steag GmbH and Aurubis AG for demonstration cargos of low-carbon ammonia, a carrier fuel for hydrogen that can play a critical role in decarbonising hard-to-abate industry sectors.
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