German energy companies RWE and Uniper may soon sign a long-term deal with Qatar to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to replace Russian gas. This was reported by Reuters, citing sources on September 19.
As noted in the publication, now the negotiations between the countries are more constructive than a few months ago. According to the source, it is likely that Germany will conclude an agreement for 15 years.
It is reported that there were disagreements between the states, but it is expected that the parties will reach an agreement in the next few weeks.
In August, German Economy Minister Robert Habek said that the reasons for the failed negotiations on the supply of liquefied natural gas to Germany from Qatar were the price and the growth of offers from other suppliers. He also noted that negotiations with the Qatari side were not completed, since the energy partnership of the countries was concluded in Doha.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on September 13 that he was proud of the fact that Germany could become independent of Russian gas when a new LNG terminal was launched in the country in January 2023. According to him, liquefied gas can be delivered by ships to the coast of Northern Germany, and then pumped through the German pipeline to gas storage facilities.
Russian Ambassador to Berlin Sergei Nechaev said in an interview with Izvestia on September 12 that Germany is unlikely to be able to completely abandon Russian gas in the short term. According to Nechaev, now producers selling gas on the spot market send it to where they offer a higher price. At the same time, the diplomat noted that Russia, in turn, is ready to start supplying gas through the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline even tomorrow.
In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the refusal of a number of Western countries from normal cooperation with the Russian side, as well as from part of Russian energy resources, had already dealt a blow to the Western states themselves. Prices are rising everywhere, inflation is going through the roof. This, he said, is absolutely unprecedented for these countries. Putin also noted that Europe, in fact, commits an auto-da-fé, refusing the energy resources of the Russian Federation.