Germany Agrees on Gas Deal with Qatar to Help End Reliance on Russia

Germany has agreed to a long-term deal with Qatar for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to become less dependent on Russian energy sources amid the Russian invasion on Ukraine.

“It is great that I can say it was firmly agreed to enter into a long-term energy partnership — a cooperation,” German Economic Minister Robert Habeck announced after discussions in Doha with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on March 20.

“The companies that are now involved in this journey will enter into contract negotiations with the Qatari side,” Habeck further said.

Germany also announced that it plans to builds two LNG terminals at Brunsbüttel and Wilhelmshaven, but may take three years to build.

Currently, Germany has no LNG terminals, which means that it cannot receive direct shipments from Qatar.

Qatar is one of the top natural gas exporters in the world and is expected to nearly double its LNG production by 2025.

The deal is part of efforts to diversify Germany’s energy supply and lessen dependence on Russia amid Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion on Ukraine.

Habeck admitted that previous German administrations had made a mistake by becoming so reliant on Russia for energy supplies.

In 2020, Germany imported about 56 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia, and nearly 55% of its gas imports came from Russia.

Germany, the biggest economy in Europe, is also in talks with Norway, Canada, and the United States.

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