Qatar may help build LNG plant in Turkey
Qatar is considering helping to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Turkey, said Energy Minister Mohammed Al Sada.
The world's largest LNG exporter has spent more than a $100 billion, constructing huge plants for loading super-cooled gas onto tankers, but it has generally avoided building regasification plants in consuming countries, so far.
Al Sada said that a feasibility study was being carried out on the proposed project, but he gave no indication of when it might be completed.
Qatar has also already sold most of its gas so will have to weigh the benefits of building a large import terminal in Turkey which it might not fully utilise against simply selling the fuel to Turkey on long term contracts.
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said he would discuss Qatar's possible help in building an import terminal on Turkey's Aegean coast during his visit to Doha earlier this week.
Turkey is keen to find alternative suppliers of energy it needs to meet its own rapidly rising demand and reinforce its role as an energy supply bridge for south-east Europe.