Qatari gas firm RasGas has announced that Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited 3 (RL3) has entered into a new Liquefied Natural Gas Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with French energy company, EDF and CEO of Edison.
The agreement was signed by Hamad Mubarak Al Muhannadi, RasGas chief executive officer and Marc Benayoun, EDF group senior executive, vice president gas.
Beginning in 2017, RL 3 will deliver up to 2 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of Qatari LNG into EDF’s new terminal in Dunkerque, France. This new agreement complements three existing long term SPAs between RasGas ventures and EDF Group subsidiaries, for delivery of up to 4.6 Mtpa to Edison in Italy and up to ~3.5 Mtpa to EDF Trading in Belgium.
Commenting on the occasion, Hamad Mubarak Al Muhannadi said: “This latest agreement is an excellent example of RasGas’ continued commitment to develop and execute opportunities that respond to our customer’s needs. We are proud that, together with EDF, we have played a significant role in continuing to provide a safe and reliable supply of energy to the homes, businesses and communities of Europe.”
Marc Benayoun said: “This agreement with RasGas reflects EDF’s growing interest in the LNG markets. The Group is proud to add this significant contract to its global LNG portfolio and to reach a new important milestone in the excellent relationship with RasGas, who already delivers LNG cargoes to the Group under long term contracts in both Rovigo and Zeebrugge terminals. At a time when Dunkerque LNG is due to receive its first commissioning cargo early July, this new contract demonstrates Dunkerque LNG’s outstanding position in the North West European gas markets.”