Qatar, Germany in an energy partnership pact; two working groups to be set up

Qatar and Germany have entered into an energy partnership agreement which aims not only to strengthen liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade relations, but also to facilitate bilateral cooperation in the field of hydrogen and renewable sources.

HE Minister of State for Energy Affairs, Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, and German Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Dr. Robert Habeck, signed a joint declaration of intent on Friday to further promote cooperation between the two countries in the field of energy.

The agreement is the culmination of the ongoing dialogue between the two countries, covering several important energy-related issues and the potential for deeper cooperation. Germany aims to diversify its gas supply using LNG to support energy security during the transition to carbon neutrality.
The agreement builds on the ongoing fruitful dialogue between the two countries and is expected to develop into a mutually beneficial energy partnership between Qatar and Germany through the establishment of LNG commercial relations as well as pursuing the climate action ambitions of both countries.
Such a partnership is expected to further strengthen the diversification of Germany’s energy supply through LNG imports from Qatar, while facilitating bilateral cooperation in the field of hydrogen and renewable sources.
The two countries will also benefit from an intensified exchange of knowledge on topics related to the energy transition, ranging from the expansion of renewable energy, its regulation and system integration, to energy efficiency and the management of energy. request.
The energy partnership between the two countries would support high-level intergovernmental dialogue on energy-related topics. It would build bridges between Qatar and Germany and bring together public and private sector actors.
In this context, the State Minister for Energy Affairs of Qatar and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), as the respective responsible authorities, would meet regularly.
The two parties are moving forward with a roadmap for the energy partnership outlining the structure and actions of the cooperation, including the formation of two working groups.
The LNG and Hydrogen Working Group would support the development of LNG and Hydrogen business relations between Qatar and Germany and provide a forum for discussion on issues regarding necessary infrastructure and regulatory affairs.
It would also promote cooperation between private sector actors active along the LNG and hydrogen value chain.
The Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management Working Group would focus on expanding renewable energy capacity, including related topics such as infrastructure and electricity markets.
This would create a forum for stakeholders from both countries to engage in dialogue on the necessary framework conditions, infrastructure development and technology.
The working group will also facilitate the exchange on energy efficiency solutions that contribute to the decarbonisation of the building, transport and industry sectors.
Demand side management solutions that support power system stabilization will also be part of the scope.
Energy partnerships and energy dialogues have proven to be an excellent platform for bilateral cooperation in the energy sector. Germany has established several dynamic partnerships around the world, including in the Gulf region.
The new energy partnership between Qatar and Germany is the final link in a successful network to advance the global energy transition.

Jennifer C. Burleigh