Can Qatar supply extra gas to Europe if Russian flows are disrupted? As one of the world’s largest producers of liquefied gas (LNG), the Gulf state has become an essential ally of the West. Expectations are that Doha will step in if there are disruptions to gas supplies to Europe from Russia in the event of an escalation of tension with Moscow. Qatar is also seen as a long-term solution to Europe’s reliance on Russian gas. A major complication in the short term is that most of Qatar’s gas is shipped to Asia and China where the Gulf state’s customers agree to fixed, long-term contracts.
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