During a meeting in Doha, Lebanon’s Energy Minister Walid Fayad discussed ways to obtain gas for Lebanese power plants with his Qatari counterpart Saad bin Sherida Al Kaabi.
“With regard to securing gas for electricity plants, it was agreed on the importance of gasification of Qatari liquefied gas to feed the Electricité du Liban Corporation,” Fayad’s media office said in a statement following the meeting.
“It was also agreed that the easiest way to do so would be through the gasification of liquefied gas in a place other than Qatar. The Aqaba area in Jordan was chosen for this process to take place, after which the gas would be transported to the north of Lebanon via Syria,” it added.
The initiation of gasification of Qatari liquefied gas in Aqaba near the Red Sea would require Jordanian approval.
“Minister Fayad has started discussions thereon with his Jordanian counterpart,” the office stated, noting that “talks are positive, and should be followed by practical implementation agreements to be concluded between the two sides.”
The subject of Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) stations was also discussed at the conference, with the Lebanese side emphasizing the necessity for a plan to determine the location, quantity, and size of the stations.
Fayyad met with Ali Al-Mutawa, the chargé d’affaires of the Qatari Embassy in Beirut, in October to explore collaboration in the domains of oil and gas, as well as the prospect of providing LNG support to Lebanon.
On the occasion of the first-ever FIFA Arab Cup 2021, Lebanese President Michel Aoun visited Qatar this week, according to an invitation from Sheikh Tamim.
On the sidelines of the event, he met Sheikh Tamim at the Emiri Diwan office, where the two reviewed bilateral ties.
Aoun sought funding for a variety of infrastructural needs, including power, which is out in Lebanon for part of the day.