A German environmental association has filed a lawsuit against the recently inaugurated Wilhelmshaven liquefied natural gas terminal seeking a reduced project lifetime and a ban on chemical-based pipe cleaning.

Wilhelmshaven is one of several planned LNG terminals in Germany, all using floating storage and regasification units, and was fast-tracked into operation to diversify energy sources and reduce dependence on disrupted Russian piped gas flows.

Commissioning of the Uniper-operated terminal is ongoing, with the Hoegh Esperanza FSRU arriving in December, and the project last week received its commissioning cargo from the 174,000 cubic metre capacity Liberia-flagged Maria Energy LNG carrier.