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The United Arab Emirates and Germany signed on Sunday during a visit by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Abu Dhabi, an agreement providing for the supply in 2022 and 2023 of liquefied gas and diesel from this Gulf country to Berlin .
The German leader has been touring Gulf countries since Saturday to forge energy partnerships in hopes of replacing Russian supplies and easing the energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine.
Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Emirati President, later said on Twitter that he had also discussed with Olaf Scholz "other opportunities for cooperation in areas such as energy security, emissions reduction and climate action”.
A floating LNG import terminal under construction in Germany
The agreement signed on Sunday provides for the export of a shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Germany at the end of 2022, then the supply of additional quantities in 2023.
The Wam agency reports a direct delivery of diesel made in September and an agreement to supply up to 250,000 tons per month of diesel for 2023.
Under this agreement, the United Arab Emirates will provide "a cargo of LNG which will be delivered at the end of 2022 and used for the commissioning of Germany's floating LNG import terminal in Brunsbuettel", a sea port in the North.
Emirati state-owned oil company ADNOC made its first-ever direct diesel delivery to Germany in September, and "will supply up to 250,000 tonnes of diesel per month in 2023", according to the same source.
Germany wants to diversify its fossil fuel suppliers
The German leader had previously said that his country was determined never again to be dependent on a single energy supplier.
“With the investments we are making in Germany, which will gradually materialize over the next year, we will indeed have a gas import infrastructure that will ensure that we are no longer directly dependent on a specific supplier at the other end. of the pipeline," added the German Chancellor.
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“We must ensure that the production of liquefied gas in the world is sufficiently advanced so that the strong demand can be met without having to fall back on the production capacities in Russia used so far,” said Olaf Scholz.
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