ADNOC delivers first Middle East LNG cargo to Germany
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ADNOC delivers first Middle East LNG cargo to Germany

ADNOC delivers first Middle East LNG cargo to Germany

The shipment of 137,000 cubic meters of LNG can produce enough electricity to supply approximately a quarter million German homes for a year


Oil giant ADNOC and RWE Aktiengesellschaft announced that the first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Abu Dhabi was delivered 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 terminal in Brunsbüttel, and the first-ever LNG cargo to be shipped to Germany from the Middle East.

The shipment was produced by ADNOC Gas at Abu Dhabi’s Das Island.

The cargo follows the inaugural ammonia shipment in 2022, and advances “cooperation on energy security, decarbonisation and lower-carbon fuels between the UAE and Germany”, ADNOC said in a statement on Wednesday.

Read: Abu Dhabi’s ADNOC sends first low-carbon ammonia shipment to Germany

“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,” Ahmed Alebri, acting CEO of ADNOC Gas said at the event held in Brunsbüttel to mark the cargo arrival.

“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 stands ready to provide further shipments of this key transition fuel to our partner, RWE and German industry.”

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.

“Now, more than ever we need to push for a global energy transition, including the diversification of natural gas resources. In the short term, and for the time being, we need more liquified natural gas to arrive at German terminals like here in Brunsbüttel,” added Stefan Wenzel, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

“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 energy security and industry accelerator (ESIA) agreement was signed in September 2022 between the two countries to accelerate projects of joint interest in energy security, decarbonization and climate action.

Read: UAE and Germany sign new energy agreement

As part of the agreement, ADNOC had entered into an LNG supply agreement with RWE, with further cargos reserved exclusively for German customers in 2023.

ADNOC also entered into a number of agreements with German customers to accelerate collaboration in clean hydrogen.

Read: Abu Dhabi’s ADNOC signs agreements with German companies to collaborate on clean hydrogen

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