Rising air conditioning demand during the summer put pressure on the Gulf state's energy needs
Kuwait has signed a contract to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) from fellow Gulf state Qatar to help meet its energy needs to the end of 2014, state news agency KUNA reported on Sunday.
The first shipment of LNG will arrive in Kuwait on Monday under the contract between Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) and state-owned Qatargas, KUNA said.
There were no further details on the terms of the deal with Qatar, which is the world's largest LNG exporter.
Rising air conditioning demand in the hot Middle Eastern summer and a lack of domestic supply means OPEC member Kuwait needs to import more gas each year to run its power plants.
The contract paves the way for greater cooperation between the two companies, KUNA quoted a KPC official as saying. It added that major oil producer Kuwait was still looking at ways to supply its LNG needs beyond 2019.
Kuwait began importing LNG in 2009 and signed deals with Royal Dutch Shell and Swiss-based trader Vitol to supply it during the peak power demand period from April to October over the last four summers.
Earlier this month KPC said Shell and BP had signed deals to supply Kuwait with LNG over the next five to six years. The combined supply from the two companies will be around 2.5 million tonnes a year.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Why LNG when a simple straight sub sea pipeline can be build and can save millions .
It is wise to build or start building new gas pipeline from Qatar to all the GCC countries still not connected to Qatar gas hub or gas rich land , as already done with UAE & Oman .
I will be the happiest man on earth if agreement can be reached to build such pipeline and I will tender all my services and time free to this GCC gas pipeline or called unity pipeline .
Please pray with me that such agreement is reached soon