DWN: Qatar decided to supply gas to Italy instead of Germany, despite the trip of Minister Habek The Gulf country decided to supply LNG to Italy instead of Germany, despite the trip of Economy Minister Robert Habek to Doha and his statements about an agreement with the Qatari side< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/800xH/media/img/7/77/756604683701777.webp 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/7/77/756604683701777.webp 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(-webkit-min-device -pixel-ratio: 2), (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >
An attempt by German Economy Minister Robert Habeck to negotiate with Qatar on the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) failed. The Persian Gulf country supplies gas to Italy instead of Germany, Deutsche Wirtschaftsnachrichten writes.
After a trip to Qatar, Habek said that Germany would receive gas from this country. However, this did not happen.
According to Focus, none of the major German energy companies (EnBW, RWE, Vattenfall, E.On and Lex Uniper) have since entered into a contract with LNG suppliers from Qatar. Some companies agreed only on additional supplies from the United States. For example, EnBW announced a contract with North American supplier Venture Global LNG, according to which the company plans to purchase 1.5 million tons of liquefied gas per year, but only from 2026.
According to German media, the Italian energy company Eni at the same time in mid-June acquired a stake in the Qatari LNG project North Field East worth $28 billion, making it the second largest shareholder after the French company TotalEnergies.
At the end July Habek admitted that the Qataris decided not to make a “good offer”.
The German minister traveled to Qatar and the UAE in mid-March to negotiate LNG supplies. Then he said that the Qataris would supply LNG to Germany.
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However, in early May, Reuters reported disagreements between Germany and Qatar over the length of long-term contracts. According to the agency, the German side did not want to agree to Doha's terms on signing contracts for a period of at least 20 years. In addition, the country imposes conditions that will not allow Berlin to redirect gas to other European countries, Reuters noted.
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