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Qatar Energy Minister says 'only a warm winter can save Europe this year'

May 23, 2023 at 2:25 pm

Qatar’s Minister of State for Energy Affairs and President and CEO of QatarEnergy Saad Sherida al-Kaabi on January 29, 2023 [Hussam Shbaro/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images]

Evaluating the recent developments in the energy market during the Qatar Economic Forum on Tuesday, the Qatari Energy Minister said: “The only thing that will save humanity and Europe this year is a warm winter”, Anadolu News Agency reports.

“If the economy starts churning back up in 2024, and you have just a regular winter, I think the worst is yet to come,” Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi said during the forum in the capital, Doha.

He stressed that renewable energy sources are only for generating electricity and that it is not solving problems, and that countries need a proper mixture of energy products.

Since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war last year in February, energy prices, especially natural gas, have increased significantly.

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