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Qatar's Amir promises larger supply of LNG

May 25, 2023 00:00:00

Qatar's Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani welcomes Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Amiri Diwan in Doha on Wednesday. — Focus Bangla

DOHA, May 24: The Amir of Qatar on Wednesday assured Bangladesh of providing all sorts of facilities regarding larger supply of LNG from his country.

"I promise you that I, being the Amir, will provide all sorts of facilities to you as you are a friendly country," Amir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani was quoted as telling Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during a meeting at Amiri Diwan in Doha, reports UNB.

The two leaders also discussed different issues of bilateral cooperation on energy, business, investment, Bangladeshi manpower as well as Muslim Ummah and development of Bangladesh

This meeting was held in a very warm environment," said Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen at a press briefing here.

About energy, the Amir said the negotiation of signing a new contract over the larger supply of energy from Qatar to Bangladesh remains pending for a few months.

Momen said it (the promise) is a big achievement for Bangladesh, adding that this fresh contract might be signed anytime soon.

Now Bangladesh is importing some 40 containers of energy that means 1.8-2.5 MTA as per a 15-year contract signed in 2017. But now Bangladesh seeks the larger supply of LNG from Qatar.

An FE REPORT adds: Qatar government has shown positive attitude towards supplying an additional 1.0-2.0 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in addition to the existing contract to supply 2.5 MTPA, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said on Wednesday.

Mr Hamid received the Qatari response over LNG supply during a meeting between him and Qatar's Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad Sherida al-Kaabi in Doha on Tuesday, according to a press release of the energy ministry.

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