Berlin fails to secure LNG imports from Gulf country – media

Qatar instead supplies its gas to Italy

Germany has so far failed to deliver on its promises to secure liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies from Qatar, the Deutsche Wirtschaftsnachrichten newspaper reported on Friday.

According to the article, citing a report from Focus online magazine, none of the major German energy companies, including EnBW, RWE, Vattenfall, E.On and Lex Uniper, have so far signed contracts with suppliers from Qatar. . Some companies only accepted additional deliveries from the United States. EnBW, for example, announced a contract with North American supplier Venture Global LNG, under which the company plans to purchase 1.5 million tonnes of LNG per year, but only from 2026.

Meanwhile, German media noted that Italian energy company Eni in mid-June bought a stake in Qatar’s $28 billion North Field East LNG project, becoming the company’s second largest shareholder after the French TotalEnergies.

Seeking to secure Qatari LNG supplies amid falling gas imports from Russia, German Economy Minister Robert Habek visited Doha in March. After this trip, he promised that Germany would soon start receiving gas from the country.

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However, in early May, Reuters reported a disagreement between Germany and Qatar over the length of export contracts. According to the agency, Berlin did not want to accede to Doha’s request for contracts of at least 20 years. In addition, Qatar reportedly demanded that Berlin not be allowed to redirect gas imported from Qatar to other European countries. Later that month, Berlin and Doha signed a declaration aimed at deepening their energy partnership, with a focus on hydrogen and LNG trade. However, according to the media, the finalized agreement was only symbolic: neither delivery dates nor specific gas quantities were specified.

During his summer tour through Germany late last month, Habek admitted to a crowd in Bayreuth that the “The Qataris had decided not to make a good offer.

The fate of the Qatar deal is important for Germany, which is trying to store enough gas for the upcoming heating season. Gas storage facilities in Germany are currently slightly over 70%. According to a new regulation, they must be at least 75% full by September 1, 85% by October 1 and 95% by November 1.

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