No, there still has not been a final investment decision (FID) on a German LNG terminal. On the contrary, Uniper announced on November 6 that binding demand for capacity in the open season for the Wilhelmshaven project was not high enough to support a final investment decision. At least for some – but not everyone – this news was suprising.
On the other hand, the Brunsbüttel terminal made a step forward on its path towards an FID. BNetzA sent the draft of a decision for an exemption from regulated third-party access for the terminal. The draft is not yet the final decision, but for the project company it is a critical milestone on the way to a positive investment decision. That is at least what the project company posted on its web page. The responsible BNetzA Ruling Chamber (BK) 7 was allegedly a bit surprised to learn about the post.
In the following, I shall attempt to explain the failure of the open season. The opportunity will be also used to give an update of the other projects. Presumably, the projects Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbüttel have some interrelations anyway, as will be reported.