Fluxys Sign LNG Contract with Qatar
Qatar Petroleum subsidiary Qatar Terminal Limited (QTL) and Fluxys Belgium subsidiary Fluxys LNG signed a long-term LNG Services Agreement for the Zeebrugge LNG terminal.
Under the agreement, QTL subscribes unloading slots at the facility from the expiry of the current long-term unloading contracts and up to 2044.
The agreement was signed during a ceremony held in Brussels today by Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qatar’s Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, and Pascal De Buck, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Fluxys Belgium, in the presence of Her Excellency Marie-Christine Marghem, the Belgian Federal Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development.
Al-Kaabi said: “We are delighted to sign this landmark agreement today to extend and expand our existing long-term partnership with Fluxys for decades to come. We believe this will further support our customers in Belgium and Europe in general, by providing them access to reliable LNG supplies from Qatar and allowing them to maximize the utilization of such supplies."
Minister Al-Kaabi concluded his remarks by saying: “Qatar Petroleum has long invested in and anchored LNG receiving terminal capacity in Europe, a key LNG market, as part of our supply destination portfolio diversification strategy. We continue to be committed to supporting the EU’s energy policies and to providing reliable energy supplies into Europe. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the concerned Belgian authorities for their support and Fluxys for its valuable partnership.”
De Buck said: "Today is a milestone for Fluxys Belgium. This agreement further extends our long-standing cooperation with Qatari partners, secures long-term activity at the Zeebrugge terminal and further strengthens the facility’s position as a versatile LNG gateway into Europe offering customers optimum destination flexibility. Ample pipe gas take away capacity from the terminal is readily available for delivery throughout North-West Europe as well as a range of options for downstream small-scale LNG distribution."
Mrs. Marie-Christine Marghem said: "I am glad that our two countries have been able to develop a close and successful cooperation in this matter. Qatar is a gas producing country assuring long-term security of supply of LNG deliveries into Belgium and North West Europe. Approximately 15% of our gas consumption comes from Qatar. This also demonstrates the solidity of our partnership. I will ensure that we will continue to enhance our mutual confidence and relationship for the successful cooperation between our two countries."
The long-term LNG Services Agreement signed today is the outcome of a subscription window held from 30 April to 24 May 2019 for services at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal upon expiry, as from 2023, of the current long-term unloading contracts.