Germany is to receive liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United Arab Emirates as a substitute for the energy no longer supplied from Russia. During Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to the Gulf state, the Essen-based energy company RWE concluded a contract on Sunday for an initial delivery of 137,000 cubic metres of LNG. This is to be the first delivery to arrive at the new LNG terminal in Brunsbüttel near Hamburg in December 2022. According to RWE, a memorandum has been signed for multi-year deliveries starting in 2023.
During the visit, Scholz announced his intention to further advance cooperation with the Emirates in the energy sector. The federal chancellor said in Abu Dhabi that “a whole series” of diesel and liquefied gas projects had already been launched with the Gulf state, adding that it was important to have as many energy suppliers as possible. Dependence on one supplier “will certainly not happen to us again,” he said.
Until the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, Germany was still purchasing 55 percent of its natural gas from Russia. In the meantime, deliveries from there have largely ceased and German gas suppliers are looking for new sources of supply. The United Arab Emirates has the seventh largest natural gas reserves in the world.