Qatar is reaping the benefits of the gathering US-China trade war, this week tying up a major LNG sales contract with Chinese state firm PetroChina. Qatargas announced on 10 September that a 22-year deal to supply 3.4mn t/y has been finalized, with the first cargo to be delivered this month.
Chinese LNG demand is surging as the government has implemented an extensive program to switch domestic heating from coal to gas. LNG imports soared 46% year-on-year in 2017 as a result (MEES, 2 March)...