Germany’s plans to install at least eight liquefied natural gas regasification terminals are intended to cover not only domestic gas demand by 2030, but will also bolster energy security in Central and Eastern Europe, according to a spokesperson for the country’s energy ministry.

The German government has been striving to replace imports of Russian pipeline gas since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February last year.

German gas demand, which stood at 82 billion cubic metres in 2022, is still expected to be running at 74 Bcm by 2030, despite efforts to increase the supply of renewable energy available to the country.