According to some information from Reuters, the negotiations are expected to have serious differences on issues such as the length of the contract or whether Germany could resell the gas to other European countries after receiving it.
The Qatari side wants a minimum 20-year commitment from Germany. However, Germany does not seem to be too keen on this. This is not surprising, given that the German government is a coalition government with a strong Green Party, which wants to go as green as possible in the future.
The Green Party has played a large part in Germany doubling down on its plans for a transition Under this government, the EU’s largest economy has doubled down on its plans for a transition to renewable energy. As Germany wants to reduce its emissions by 88% by 2040, this 20-year commitment is unlikely to allow them to do so.
Suppliers are in a position to choose and impose conditions
At the moment, the situation is that LNG suppliers like Qatar, but also the US or even Australia, can choose who they supply. It can therefore be expected that all these countries will require similarly long contracts. In terms of their own business, long-term contracts are, after all, a form of guarantee.
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The EU now finds itself in a difficult situation where, on the one hand, it wants to get rid of fossil fuels altogether, but on the other hand, it still needs them urgently and must find ways of getting them as quickly as possible. So it looks as if cutting the EU off from Russian gas will not be as easy as it first seemed.
We will therefore see what agreements are reached in the coming days and what supplier will eventually replace Russia.