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Neither Qatar nor any other single country has the capacity to replace Russian gas supplies to Europe with liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the event of disruption due to a conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Qatar's energy minister said on Tuesday. With most of Qatari volumes locked into long-term contracts, mostly to Asian buyers, the amount of divertable volumes that can be shipped to Europe is only 10-15%, Saad al-Kaabi, the energy minister, added. "Most of the LNG is tied to long-term contracts and destinations that are very clear. So, to replace that sum of volume that quickly is almost impossible.” Thus, Qatar and other countries, such as Japan, have recently been approached by the United States to reroute gas supplies to Europe in case conflict escalates.

Qatar says “almost impossible” to quickly replace Russian supplies to Europe

Neither Qatar nor any other single country has the capacity to replace Russian gas supplies to Europe with liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the event of disruption due to a conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Qatar’s energy minister said on Tuesday. With most of Qatari volumes locked into long-term contracts, mostly to Asian buyers, the amount of divertable volumes that can be shipped to Europe is only 10-15%, Saad al-Kaabi, the energy minister, added. “Most of the LNG is tied to long-term contracts and destinations that are very clear. So, to replace that sum of volume that quickly is almost impossible.” Thus, Qatar and other countries, such as Japan, have recently been approached by the United States to reroute gas supplies to Europe in case conflict escalates.

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