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Scholz welcomes Qatar LNG deal as ‘building block’ for German energy security

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomed a new deal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar on Tuesday as a “building block” towards his country’s energy security and a sign that Berlin had many different countries to tap for supplies.

November 30, 2022
30 November 2022

BERLIN, Nov 29 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
welcomed a new deal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar
on Tuesday as a “building block” towards his country’s energy
security and a sign that Berlin had many different countries to
tap for supplies.

QatarEnergy and ConocoPhillips signed two sales and
purchase agreements to export 2 million tonnes of LNG annually
to Germany for at least 15 years from 2026, as Berlin pursues
new energy partnerships after a plunge in gas from Russia.

“I am very confident that this is another important building
block in a house that we have already built to a large extent,”
Scholz told a briefing, adding that global problems should not
lead to countries raising trade barriers.

Speaking alongside the head of the International Monetary
Fund and other organisations, Scholz also said Germany had not
taken off the table an offer to supply Patriot air defence units
to Poland, which Warsaw may send to Ukraine instead.

Scholz said he had spoken with Ukrainian President Volodymyr
Zelenskiy, including about the prospect of sending Gepard tanks
to Ukraine.
(Reporting by Matthias Williams and Andreas Rinke
Editing by Mark Potter)

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