State-owned Qatargas said it had signed an agreement with Shell for the delivery of up to 1.1m tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per year for five years. The agreement will start in January 2019 and will be for the supply of LNG from Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Limited (4) (Qatargas 4), a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum, which holds 70%, and Shell, with the remaining 30%, according to Reuters.

The LNG will be delivered to either the Dragon LNG Terminal in Britain or the Gate LNG Terminal in the Netherlands, Qatargas said in a statement, which gave no value for the deal, Finance Time informed.The Shell agreement also comes as the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world continues to simmer.

Qatar, the world’s biggest exporter of LNG, faces competition from Australian and US¬†producers. Supply deals into Europe offer a valuable option as Asia’s gas-consuming economies rein in new deals in light of a growing supply overhang.