Germanywhich largely depends on Russia for its supply of hydrocarbons, signed an energy agreement with Qatar to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, a spokeswoman for the German Economy Ministry said.
The deal was reached during a visit to Doha by German Economy Minister Robert Habeck as part of Berlin’s efforts to diversify Germany’s energy supply, the ministry said.
The next step will be for the affected companies “to start concrete contract negotiations,” the spokeswoman said.
Habeck met in Doha with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al hani.
Qatar is one of the three largest exporters of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world.
European countries are increasingly relying on LNG as an alternative to Russian gas, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
This is a particularly sensitive issue for Germany, which imports half of its gas from Russia.
Ahead of his trip to the Middle East, which also includes a visit to the United Arab Emirates, Habeck told Deutschlandfunk radio on Saturday that the government was concerned about the security of Germany’s gas supply for the coming winter.
“If we don’t get more gas next winter and the supply from Russia is cut off, we won’t have enough gas to heat all the houses and run all the industries,” the Greens minister warned.
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