In phase 1 (starts in February 2023), in order to be able to use LNG for gas supply as quickly as possible, the FSRU will be operated at Brunsbüttel Ports' existing dangerous goods jetty. Normal port unloading operations (LPG and crude oil) will take place in parallel. The handling of crude oil will take place at a different berth during this time. The unloading of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) will take place according to the ship-to-ship principle across the FSRU.
Phase 2 is expected to start at the end of 2023 and will involve the injection of LNG via a newly built jetty to the west of the Elbehafen. Brunsbüttel Ports will be responsible for the construction, which will start in the first quarter of 2023. The unloading of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) will again take place at the port's dangerous goods jetty.
In phases 1 & 2, the gas network operator Gasunie uses SW Netz's pipeline network to transport the gas volumes away. Due to an infrastructural bottleneck, the feed-in is limited to around 3.5 billion m³ of gas per year (gas volume extracted from around 5.8 million m³ of LNG). The FSRU capacities are thus only partially utilised.
In phase 3, the gas volumes will be fed in via the newly constructed gas connection pipeline "ET180". From then on, the full FSRU capacities can be used and around 7.5 billion m³ of gas (gas volume obtained from 12.5 million m³ of LNG) can be fed in annually.