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UAE and Germany reach a “energy security” agreement for the supply of gas and diesel

On Sunday, the United Arab Emirates | UAE and Germany reached a “energy security” agreement for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and diesel as Berlin looks for alternative energy sources to Russia.

At a signing event attended by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Emirati Industry Minister Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber described it as a “landmark new deal” that “reinforces the fast expanding energy collaboration between the UAE and Germany.”

As part of a Gulf trip that also included visits in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Scholz was in the UAE.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president’s equivalent in the Emiratis, wrote on Twitter after their meeting that they had spoken about “additional prospects for collaboration in sectors like energy security, emissions reduction, and climate action.”

UAE and Germany reach a “energy security” agreement

According to WAM, Scholz stated that he “welcomed” the “energy security” pact.

According to the WAM article, the UAE will fulfil its end of the bargain by supplying “an LNG cargo for delivery in late 2022, to be utilised in the commissioning of Germany’s floating LNG import facility at Brunsbuettel,” a North Sea port.

This month, the state-owned oil corporation of the UAE, ADNOC, conducted the first direct diesel delivery to Germany ever made and said that it will “provide up to 250,000 tonnes of fuel per month in 2023.”

In 2023, “ADNOC has reserved a number of extra LNG cargoes exclusively for German clients,” the announcement reads.

According to the WAM article, the UAE will fulfil its end of the bargain by supplying “an LNG cargo for delivery in late 2022, to be utilised in the commissioning of Germany’s floating LNG import facility at Brunsbuettel,” a North Sea port.

This month, the state-owned oil corporation of the UAE, ADNOC, conducted the first direct diesel delivery to Germany ever made and said that it will “provide up to 250,000 tonnes of fuel per month in 2023.”

According to the statement, “ADNOC has allocated a number of additional LNG cargoes solely for German clients in 2023.”

The second and last day of Scholz’s Gulf visit, which he hoped would result in new energy agreements to replace Russian supplies and lessen the energy crisis brought on by Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, was on Sunday.

He met with the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, on Saturday in Jeddah, then on Sunday afternoon, he flew into gas-rich Qatar for meetings with the emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Meeting with the Saudi Crown Prince

During Scholz’s visit to the UAE, Mariam Almheiri, the Emirati minister for climate change, gave him a tour of an environmental initiative in a mangrove forest.

Leading opponents of what they term “unrealistic” transition plans that they claim are to blame for the present energy crisis include the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

While stating that his nation has “made headway on a whole number of initiatives here in terms of the production and procurement of diesel and gas,” Scholz also said that his nation was adamant about avoiding future energy dependency on Russia.

We won’t make the same mistake again, he promised, of relying just on one supplier and its decisions.

After meeting with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia on Saturday, Scholz declared his desire to strengthen the two nations’ relationship in the energy sector. Scholz said that during his discussions with the crown prince, he also brought up problems relating to civil and human rights.

According to a US intelligence report, Mohammed bin Salman was the one who gave the order to kill Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished in 2018 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Khashoggi has criticised the Saudi government and the crown prince in his columns for the Washington Post and Middle East Eye. His bones were supposed to have been cut up with a bone saw, but they were never discovered, and the crown prince has refuted the allegations.

In a piece published on Saturday in Der Spiegel, prominent German lawmakers from a variety of parties urged Scholz to take action.

When asked if he had brought up Khashoggi’s death as well, the president responded, “You can assume that nothing was left unsaid.”

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