The signed energy deal will allow co-operation in the field of energy supply and investments by both countries in hydrogen, renewable and nuclear energy.

Macron has moved closer to the UAE as Europe seeks to diversify its energy supplies away from Russian fuel and gas.
Macron has moved closer to the UAE as Europe seeks to diversify its energy supplies away from Russian fuel and gas. (AA)

France has signed a strategic energy co-operation deal with the United Arab Emirates to secure fuel and gas supplies as it moves to attain energy independence from Russia.

Paris sealed the crucial energy deal on Monday during the first overseas state visit of UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who arrived in France on Sunday.

It will allow for investments by both countries in hydrogen, renewable and nuclear energy, a statement from the Economy and Finance Ministry said.

“In the current uncertain energy context, this agreement will create a stable long-term framework for this co-operation, pave the way for new industrial contracts and identify future joint investment projects,” the statement added.

The agreement holds dual strategic importance for France, said Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, as it would allow it to “address the pressing challenges of energy security in the short term while preparing for a low-carbon future."

The Emirates delegation will also sign commercial agreements between French energy giant TotalEnergies and state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).

The agreements focus on co-operation in the field of energy supply and a joint venture between Technip Energies and National Petroleum Construction Company to develop energy transition projects.

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'Preparing for the worst-case scenario'

Energy Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher hailed the energy co-operation as an “important step” towards securing France’s supplies.

Pannier-Runacher earlier in the day told the National Assembly that the French need to “prepare for the worst-case scenario” on energy matters “because it exists."

She announced the setting up of a “temporary floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier project” in Le Havre Port that would increase import capacity.

France is preparing to replace the Russian gas by managing the LNG supplies from different parts of the world via Norway.

France procures nearly 17 percent of its gas supply from Russia. In mid-June, gas transmission network GRTgaz announced that France no longer receives pipelined natural gas from Russia.

In March, France held talks with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar on diversifying Europe’s energy supplies away from Russian fuel and gas.

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Source: AA