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Qatar Signs Its First-Ever Five-Year Crude Supply Deal with Shell

QatarEnergy has signed a deal with Shell under which the state firm of the tiny Gulf oil and gas producer will deliver up to 18 million barrels of crude annually to the supermajor, in the first-ever five-year crude sales agreement for the Qatari company.

QatarEnergy will start supplying Shell International Eastern Trading Company in Singapore with up to 18 million barrels per year of Qatar Land and Qatar Marine crudes, beginning in January 2024.

“We are delighted to sign our first ever five-year crude sales agreement,” said Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President and CEO of QatarEnergy.

“This agreement further strengthens QatarEnergy’s relationship with Shell, which is not only a reliable crude oil off-taker, but also a major customer and a strategic partner of QatarEnergy.”

The crude oil supply deal is the latest agreement between QatarEnergy and Shell, which have a long-standing strategic partnership through several shared investments in the energy industry, including in QatarEnergy’s huge LNG expansion projects in Qatar.

Two months ago, QatarEnergy and Shell signed two long-term LNG deals to supply LNG from Qatar to the Netherlands for 27 years starting in 2026 when Qatar’s first export expansion projects are expected to come online.

Under the sale and purchase agreements, Qatar and Shell will deliver up to 3.5 million tons per year of LNG to the Gate LNG terminal in the port of Rotterdam, the Qatari firm said in October.

Shell is a minority partner in some of Qatar’s huge expansion projects. The UK-based supermajor holds a 6.25% share in the North Field East (NFE) and a 9.375% share in the North Field South (NFS) expansion projects.

In October, Qatar broke ground for the world’s largest LNG project, the North Field expansion project, which will boost the tiny Gulf country’s export capacity by 48 million tons per annum (mmtpa) by 2027.

In July this year, Al-Kaabi said that “40% of all the new LNG that will come to the market by 2029, when all our projects are up and running, is going to be from QatarEnergy.”   

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  • George Doolittle on December 28 2023 said:
    Shell Energy continues with a very well noted non-Wall Street generated internal growth model that continues to be the envy of the energy World imo. Talk about "building a moat" around one's business I don't think Shell has had any equal to doing that the past 20 Years with many of these incredibly capital intensive projects only just now today end of Year 2023 coming on line this being further affirmation of that. Internal free cash flows at $shel truly spectacular at the moment still rate this a strong buy as with select other energy plays such as $slb $vlo $ibm $kmi for 2024 General Election Season USA. Very much a stock pickers market still in place to generate alpha as has been true for those who avoided the minefields of the likes of Silicon Valley Bank etc. still maintain as strong avoid as relates to REITS and MLPs and any and all "yield hungry investment products" as always advocated upon Seeking Alpha since Day One of "that" still pushing that garbage on that financial web site. In the alternative is former Royal Dutch Shell absolutely very much on sale still.

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