Germany intends to build at least two terminals capable of receiving imported liquefied natural gas, said German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier, at the German-American conference in Berlin, reports Der Spiegel.
Both terminals will be built in the north part of the country. The publication notes that the government is considering Brunsbüttel, Stade and Wilhelmshaven locations.
In addition, according to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the conditions for the construction of appropriate infrastructure should be arranged.
At the moment, Germany does not have its own liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, but after Berlin abandoned nuclear power and coal mining, Germany has to rely on natural gas. Currently, it is supplied to the country mainly from the Netherlands, Russia and Norway.
Meanwhile, the U.S. wants to expand its liquefied gas trade and see Europe as a market for its export expansion. Trump has repeatedly spoken against the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream-2.
Altmeier noted that Germany is "interested in diversifying gas supplies," because of energy reform and reduced imports from the North Sea.
Earlier, German media, wrote citing Altmeier, that Germany is ready to reach an agreement in the Nord Stream 2 dispute with the U.S. and increase American gas imports.
It was reported that Berlin wants to diversify the gas suppliers by receiving gas from the United States, transit through Ukraine and transit through the Russian gas pipelines.