BERLIN, Germany — Tree Energy Solutions (TES), E.ON and ENGIE announced Sept. 1 that they have been selected by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) to jointly develop and implement the fifth floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) in Germany.
The fifth FSRU in Germany, which is planning to start in the beginning of the heating period 2023, will have an annual importing capacity of about 5 Bcm (which covers about 5% of the annual consumption in Germany) and will contribute to enhancing Europe and Germany’s energy security, accelerating its energy independence, and achieving full net zero by mid of the century.
TES, E.ON and Engie have formed a partnership that will run the project showcasing strong European cooperation.
In Wilhelmshaven, TES is building the largest Green Energy Hub in Europe offering a model to convert large amounts of renewable electrons from sunny and windy locations into green hydrogen and affordable, renewable gas. For this aim, TES and E.ON have signed a memorandum of understanding on a strategic partnership end of March.
The green hydrogen terminal in Wilhelmshaven will serve as the primary entry point for clean, safe, affordable and abundant sustainable energy in Europe as well as a catalyst for a circular carbon economy. TES will import green hydrogen from its upstream projects in the form of renewable LNG using green hydrogen and circular CO2.
TES’s Wilhelmshaven hydrogen terminal, the development of which will be accelerated by the FSRU project, is flexible, modular and future-proof. TES aims to seamlessly integrate the import of green molecules within the first 12 months that the FSRU is in operation to allow a fast and efficient green transition.
ENGIE is responsible for chartering of the FSRU on behalf of the BMWK, for part of its LNG supply, and with TES for the development and the operation of the FSRU.
The five-year-chartered FSRU will be provided by Excelerate Energy, following negotiations led by Engie, and will be stationed in Wilhelmshaven, where TES already owns 145 hectares of land and has been developing the hydrogen terminal since 2019 to start large-scale imports by 2025.
Excelerate Energy is a U.S.-based LNG company and offers a full range of flexible regasification services from FSRU to infrastructure development to LNG supply. The FSRU will allow a seamless transition to green imports over the first period as the green terminal starts operation.
The TES terminal's structure will ultimately include six ship berths, 2 MMcm of onshore storage using 10 onsite tanks, and direct access to the natural gas, hydrogen and CO2 pipeline networks required for decarbonization and true net-zero energy supply.
TES is developing a diversified upstream green energy portfolio and accessing the best renewable locations to produce green hydrogen for imports beginning in 2025 (e.g., the US, Canada, South America, North and Southwest Africa, North Sea Region, Middle East and Australia). This will ensure an early and quick ramping green molecules supply on a large scale.
Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, Robert Habeck, said, "By importing liquefied natural gas, we are making ourselves less dependent on imports of Russian pipeline gas. And all steps that free us from the uncertainty of Russian imports as quickly as possible are more necessary than ever in these times. At the same time, we are accelerating the import of green hydrogen in parallel, making Wilhelmshaven an important landing point for safe and sustainable energy in Europe."