EU’s Michel to discuss energy during trip to Qatar this week – Qatari official


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European Council President Charles Michel will hold talks with major gas producer Qatar on Europe’s energy crisis during a visit to Doha this week, a Qatari government official said on Sunday.

Michel is expected to travel to Qatar on Tuesday, according to his official schedule.

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European governments have been seeking alternatives to gas from Russia’s main supplier since Moscow ordered troops to Ukraine in late February, with electricity costs in Europe rising as Russian flows dwindled.

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State-owned QatarEnergy, one of the world’s leading exporters of natural gas, has been negotiating for months with several European buyers, but no new deal has been announced.

“Charles Michel will meet with several high-level officials to discuss and review regional and international issues, including the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, the energy crisis, in addition to a number of other issues such as Afghanistan, Iran and Palestine-Israel,” the Qatari official said. told Reuters.

European leaders, already struggling to manage soaring gas prices, fear winter gas shortages as Russia announced plans to keep its main gas pipeline to Europe closed. Russia typically supplies 40% of Europe’s natural gas.

Most current volumes of Qatari natural gas are locked in long-term contracts, mostly with buyers in Asia, which Qatar has said it will honour.

However, QatarEnergy could start supplying Germany with gas from the Golden Pass natural gas plant in Texas, in which it has a majority stake, as early as 2024, Qatar’s deputy prime minister has told a newspaper. German in May.

Additionally, Qatar is seeking new customers for a major gas production expansion that will boost exports by around 63% and is expected to come online in early 2027. (Reporting and writing by Andrew Mills; Editing by Jan Harvey )

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