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Hungary to receive LNG from Qatar in 2027

Qatar aims to expand its liquefaction capacity to 126 mtpa by 2027 from 77 mtpa Reuters/Issei Kato
Turkey will continue to acquire 4.4 billion cubic metres of LNG from Algeria annually

Hungary can begin to receive shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar in 2027, Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto told a news conference.

Demand for LNG has skyrocketed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, giving Qatar and the United States significantly larger roles in supplying gas to Europe and forcing landlocked countries, such as Hungary, to seek to diversify their energy sources.

“We have reached a political agreement, which is now followed by talks between energy companies Qatargas and Hungary’s MVM to determine the quantity, pace and shipment route of the supplied gas to Hungary from 2027,” Szijjarto said.

Qatar, the world’s biggest LNG exporter, has no spare export capacity until 2027, the foreign minister added.

The foreign ministry did not immediately respond to emailed questions for more detail on the amounts sought by Hungary, which still relies on Russia for much of its oil and gas needs.

Under a 15-year deal signed in 2021, Hungary currently receives 4.5 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas per year via Bulgaria and Serbia under a long-term deal with Russia.