Germany and Qatar agree deal for LNG imports starting in 2026

Germany and Qatar agree deal for LNG imports starting in 2026
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The Energy Minister of Qatar, Saad Sharida al-Kaabi, has announced that the company Qatar Energy is planning to begin delivering LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) to Germany from 2026. 

German news site NDR reports that plans are in place to deliver the gas to the newly built LNG terminal at Brunsbuttel, which is currently under construction. The deal between Germany and Qatar would lead to two million tons of gas per year being delivered over a period of at least 15 years. According to the plan announced by al-Kaabi, US company ConocoPhillips would buy the gas in Qatar and then deliver it to Brunsbuttel. 

Germany has been expanding its LNG infrastructure and the terminal that is being built in Brunsbuttel is due to be in operation before the end of 2022 and has been built in order to provide an alternative to Russia gas that previously had reached Germany via pipelines. It is just one of a number of schemes in place to increase the country’s ability to receive LNG, with a number of floating terminals also being built or planned for the German North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts. According to Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck of the Green party, the capability to use LNG is a “central building block for securing our energy supply in the coming winter”. 

Qatar is one of the world’s largest exporters of gas, having the third largest gas reserves after Russia and Iran. Al-Kaabi said that Qatar is in discussion with other German companies about further deals and stressed that his country maintains “good relations with German companies and the German government”.

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