The first special ship for converting liquefied natural gas (LNG) back into its gaseous state arrived in Germany on Wednesday.
The ship, called the Neptune, was moored off the port of Mukran on the German island Rügen on Wednesday morning, German firm Deutsche Regas said.
After preparations, it will be brought to the industrial port of Lubmin in the northern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to serve as a floating terminal for LNG.
According to ship tracking services, the 280-metre-long Neptune had been sailing from Wales through the North Sea and around northern Denmark into the Baltic Sea over the past week and a half.
The terminal in Lubmin should be ready for operation by December 1, according to Deutsche Regas. However, approval from the responsible state office is still pending. Objections can be submitted until Monday.
Among other things, Germany is relying on LNG delivered by ship to replace Russian pipeline gas and is building several terminals for the import. Floating terminals in Wilhelmshaven in Lower Saxony and Brunsbüttel in Schleswig-Holstein are expected to be launched this year.