The problem is that the gas cannot be brought in as easily and quickly as Federal Economy Minister Robert Habeck and his colleagues would like to use routes other than those from Russia. Companies cannot simply withdraw from existing supply contracts. There are also logistical difficulties: Germany gets its LNG in the form of LNG via pipelines from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge in Belgium. Germany does not have its own terminals to which LNG can be transported by ship. Spain and Portugal have several such stations. These also still have sufficient capacity to handle increased LNG imports. But there is a problem with inland transportation because the capacity of the pipelines is reaching its limits. The cumbersome alternative: LNG must be imported via Great Britain – and from there it flows through pipelines to Belgium and Niederlange.
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