Minister: Qatar to become main LNG supplier to EU by 2010
Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah on Monday said Qatar is expected to become the main LNG supply source for the European Union (EU) with a total 28MTA of LNG by 2010.
A mega project in the UK, the Qatargas II project with up to 15.8 MTA exports for 25 years starting in 2008 has been developed, he said in his keynote address to the GCC-EU seminar entitled 'Natural Gas Technologies: Realities and Prospects' Monday.
Abdullah bin Hamad noted that RasGas II has also acquired large terminal capacity in Belgium, a 3.4 MTA in Zeebrugge LNG terminal in addition to developing an offshore LNG terminal on the Italian Adriatic coast to receive up to 6MTA of LNG for the Italian gas market.
In Spain, he said, Qatar and Oman have committed to long term LNG sales to Spanish buyers including Gas Natural, ENDESA and Union Fenosa.