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DUBAI (Reuters) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is expected to sign contracts for liquefied natural gas during his visit to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, his vice chancellor said, as Germany seeks new partners to replace energy imports Russians.

“The gas supply is slowly expanding. The government is in ongoing talks with many countries,” Economy Minister Robert Habeck said, referring to his own trip to Qatar and the UAE in March.

In May, sources told Reuters that LNG talks between Germany and Qatar were fraught with differences over key terms, including the length of any contract.

The German is acquiring LNG terminals as part of its efforts to diversify away from Russian gas.

Habeck was speaking in Lubmin, northern Germany, where the government hopes a state-leased floating storage and regasification unit can be operational by the end of 2023 at the earliest.

The government is in constant talks with many countries.

Robert Habeck, Minister of Economy

“We have to show that in times like these we can plan, allow and build faster than is usually the case in Germany,” Habeck said of the building campaign, adding that construction projects LNG in Wilhelmshaven and Brunsbuettel were examples.

“There is a realistic good chance … that the two FSRU vessels will be able to supply the German gas network from the beginning of the year,” he said.

EWEC Water Project

Emirates Water and Electricity Co. has invited expressions of interest for the development of the independent Abu Dhabi Islands Reverse Osmosis Water Project.

The project consists of two new stand-alone reverse osmosis seawater desalination plants which will be located on Saadiyat Island and Hudayriat Island, Zawya reported.

Using sustainable, low-carbon methods, the two plants will produce 100 million imperial gallons per day, covering the water demand of 180,000 homes in Abu Dhabi.

“Reverse osmosis is a vital low-carbon seawater desalination technology that allows EWEC to strategically shift its water and power generation portfolio and ultimately help decarbonization of the energy sector,” said EWEC CEO Othman Al-Ali.

The ADNOC transmission system

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co.’s project – a $3.6 billion subsea high-voltage direct current transmission system – is nearing financial close.

A consortium led by South Korea’s Kepco – including Japan’s Kyushu Electric Power Co. International and Electricité de France – won the public-private partnership contract last December.

According to MEED, the transmission system will reduce ADNOC Offshore’s carbon footprint by 30% through the use of sustainable energy sources in Abu Dhabi’s onshore power grid.

Construction of the project is expected to begin soon.