Lubmin harbour

Manntek provides FSRU-LNG terminal in Germany with complete systems for safe and efficient transfer

In September, Deutsche ReGas started the construction of an LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal in Lubmin in the northeast of Germany. Being the leading manufacturer of easy- to-use, reliable LNG transfer systems and LNG bunkering systems in the world, Manntek provides all the couplings and solutions in the distribution chain.

An FSRU (Floating Storage and Regasification Unit) will be placed in the Lubmin port to regas the LNG to natural gas and feed the gas grid. But due to the shallow waters in the port the FSRU can’t be fully loaded and a fully loaded LNG-carrier can’t enter the harbor, which puts several demanding challenges on the application and procedures.

– This has been solved by placing an FSU (Floating Storage Unit) outside the coastline in the Baltic Sea, from which the liquefied natural gas will be brought to the FSRU by three smaller shuttle vessels, explains Henrik Thunborg, Business Developer LNG at Manntek.

In one unloading procedure, each of the smaller vessels can take on up to 10,000 cubic metres of LNG to the FSRU, which in turn convert it to a gaseous state on board and then feed it into the gas network.

– The vessels will work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Henrik Thunborg says. The slightest delay will mean that households will run out of gas, so it is a very challenging project where everything must work smoothly. Not least, the couplings.

Challenging timetable

The timetable for the project is also challenging, with up to 4.5 billion cubic metres of gas per year expected to be fed into the German transmission grid as early as December 2022.

– I believe the tight timetable is one of several reasons why we at Manntek got the opportunity, Henrik Thunborg says. Besides being safe, reliable and efficient, our LNG transfer systems are also flexible, time-saving and easy to use. Ad to that, our expertise and long experience ensures the implementation of the solution.

– Manntek has always been very involved in the work with quality assurance in the industry, Henrik Thunborg continues. We have finalised all the tests for ISO 21593, the international standard that regulates the technical requirements of LNG couplings. This means that our DCC couplings are safe for use in all possible conditions and under any circumstances.

Manntek is well prepared

– Furthermore, hydrogen importing is also foreseen at the Lubin terminal in the future, and Manntek is well prepared, right now closing an important gap in the distribution chain of liquid hydrogen. Successful liquid hydrogen fuelling all starts with the coupling, and we already have a tested and approved coupling ready to be used.

For more information contact me

Henrik Thunborg
Business De­vel­op­er LNG
+46 501 39 42 01

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