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Doha: Qatargas’ Chief Operation Officer – Commercial and Shipping Alaa Abujbara addressed challenges surrounding energy supply in the European markets at the annual Flame conference held in Amsterdam recently.
The presentation, titled “A Case for LNG in Europe” highlighted the challenges facing Europe as it evaluates its energy choices and determines its future energy needs.
The presentation focused on three key issues: Public opinion surrounding nuclear power, environmental impacts facing coal, and the cost as well as land usage of renewable energies.
For Qatargas, natural gas and more specifically LNG is a clear energy choice for Europe when compared to its alternatives, such as nuclear, coal and renewables, Abujbara said.
Qatargas also sees the European gas markets as being susceptible to supply disruptions when local production or imports are reduced. Aggressive procurement by traditional buyers and emerging LNG players in order to fulfil their current and future energy needs for their growing economies may lead to a decrease in the availability of LNG for Europe.
Alaa Abu Jbara, Chief Operations Officer of Commercial and Shipping for Qatargas Operating Company Limited, said: Asia and other emerging markets are pulling on Qatargas’ flexible portfolio and thus our available LNG volumes are becoming limited. I believe that Europe needs to determine their desire for LNG and plan a path forward for the future. The clock is ticking, don’t wait until the last LNG ship has sailed away.”