The FRG: ripples at Wilhelmshaven

Kunreuther, H.C., Linnerooth-Bayer, J., Lathrop, J., Atz, H., Macgill, S., Mandl, C., Schwarz, M., & Thompson, M. (1983). The FRG: ripples at Wilhelmshaven. In: Risk Analysis and Decision Processes. The Siting of Liquefied Energy Gas Facilities in Four Countries. pp. 32-63 Berlin/Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. ISBN 978-3-642-82128-8 10.1007/978-3-642-82128-8_3.

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This chapter, deals with the siting and approval process for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility at Wilhelmshaven in the Federal Republic of Germany. The major aspects of the political decision-making process are summarized, focusing on the role of technical analyses of public safety risk in this decision. The most remarkable feature of this process was that despite the novelty of the LNG technology in the FRG, it deviated very little from established industrial siting and approval procedures. Public interest in the project and concerns about its acceptability did not rise above a relatively low level. At some point, however, unexpected difficulties related to the question of safety risk seemed to threaten the approval of the terminal, but these were eventually overcome by the federal government in a rather elegant way, leaving little more than ripples on the surface.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Programs: Energy Program (ENP)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2016 11:23
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:40

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