MOSCOW, 14 Aug — Germany’s attempt to negotiate with Qatar on the supply of gas instead of fuel from Russia turned into a failure – instead, Qatari gas is received by Italy, informs Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten.
The author of the material recalled the March visit of German Economy Minister Robert Habek to the Middle East in search of an alternative to Russian gas. Then, after a meeting with the Emir of Qatar, Habek said that this country was ready to supply Germany with more fuel.
However, now Qatar does not supply gas to Berlin. Representatives of the companies that accompanied Khabek on his trip have not yet been able to conclude gas supply contracts with Doha. This is all the more painful since Russia now passes only a fifth of the previous volume of gas through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, and Germany is experiencing a large-scale energy crisis, the article says.
Habek complained last week about Qatar’s unwillingness to “make a good offer.” In fact, he agreed on an energy partnership with Doha only in May, without agreeing on the volume of supplies. At the same time, Qatar wanted to conclude long-term contracts, while German companies decided to bet on renewable energy sources in the future.
While Habek was rebuffed in Qatar, the Italian energy company Eni did better, the article reports. “Following new gas contracts with our partners in Algeria, Congo and Egypt earlier this year, in June Eni joined the North Field East facility in Qatar, which is part of the world’s largest LNG project,” — said Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi.
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Like the rest of Europe, Italy is seeking to diversify gas supplies due to sanctions against Russia, writes DWN. In July, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said his country’s estimated reliance on Russian gas imports had dropped from 40 percent to 25 percent of annual supplies.
At the same time, the author of the article recalled that, unlike Germany, Italy has been cooperating with Qatar for longer and is considered the largest importer of liquefied natural gas from this country. As a result, amid the crisis, the government in Berlin is now focused on limiting energy consumption, the article concludes.
Europe is on the brink of a severe fuel shortage as Russia’s main gas pipeline, Nord Stream, operates at only 20 percent of its total capacity. Gazprom explained this by improper maintenance and a delay in returning Siemens turbines from repair, which were used at the gas compressor units (GCU) of the Portovaya compressor station (CS) to supply energy. Now the work of the highway is provided by only one of the five engines.
A particular difficulty arose with the return of one of the turbines from Canada, which imposed sanctions on Gazprom. The Canadian authorities issued a permit for its export only on July 10, but did not take into account the terms of the contract in it and delivered the engine to Germany, and not to Russia. For its further transportation, permissions from the authorities of the European Union and the UK are required.