Russia is the largest supplier of gas to Germany and German economy minister Robert Habeck has launched several initiatives to lessen Germany’s energy dependence on Russia since it invaded Ukraine.
Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani met Habeck on Sunday and the 2 discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations, particularly in the energy sector, the Emiri court said in a statement.
A spokesperson for the German economics ministry in Berlin confirmed on Sunday that a deal had been clinched.
In a statement, Qatar said that for years it had sought to supply Germany but discussions never led to concrete agreements.
Qatar said it agreed with Germany that:
- their respective commercial entities would re-engage and progress discussions on long term LNG supplies
In late February, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced the construction of 2 new terminals for LNG in response to what some critics said was Germany’s over-reliance on Russian gas.
The terminals are to be located in Brunsbuttel and Wilhelmshaven in northern Germany.
Germany intends to phase out its nuclear power production by the end of this year, leaving observers questioning how Europe’s biggest economy will fulfill all of its energy needs.