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Qatar to Demand EU Sign Long-Term LNG Deals If It Wants More Gas

  • Push comes after Germany inked a 20-year LNG deal with the US
  • The move could complicate Europe’s goals to curb emissions

Qatar plans to insist on terms that will lock Europe Union countries in for two decades of liquefied natural gas purchases, a move that will complicate the bloc’s goal to cut emissions while also reducing its dependence on Russian fuel. 

The Persian Gulf state, one of the world’s top LNG exporters, will demand that EU nations sign long-term contracts, according to people familiar with the situation who asked not to identified discussing a private matter. The EU countries say they need a shorter duration to hit the region’s pollution reduction goals, the people said.