ADNOC successfully delivers first Middle East LNG cargo to Germany

Petrochemicals

ADNOC and RWE Aktiengesellschaft (RWE) have announced the successful delivery of the first shipment of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Abu Dhabi to the Elbehafen floating LNG terminal in Brunsbüttel, Germany

Produced by ADNOC Gas at Das Island, Abu Dhabi, the shipment of 137,000 cu/m of LNG is the commissioning cargo for the new floating LNG terminal in Brunsbüttel and the first-ever LNG cargo to be shipped to Germany from the Middle East. This landmark cargo follows the inaugural ammonia shipment in October 2022, and furthers cooperation on energy security, decarbonisation and lower-carbon fuels between the UAE and Germany.

To mark the successful arrival of the LNG cargo, a ceremonial event was held in Brunsbüttel, which was attended by His Excellency Ahmed Alattar, UAE Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany; Dr Alexander Lücke, deputy director general for Energy Security, German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action; His Excellency Joschka Knuth, State Secretary in the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Energy Transition, Climate Protection, Environment and Nature; Ahmed Alebri, acting chief executive officer, ADNOC Gas; and Andree Stracke, chief executive officer, RWE Supply & Trading.

Speaking at the event, Alebri 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 stands ready to provide further shipments of this key transition fuel to our partner, RWE and German industry.”

The cargo delivery marks an important milestone in developing Germany’s domestic LNG supply infrastructure, 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.

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 a number of agreements with German customers, 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.