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Royal Dutch Shell and BP have agreed to supply Kuwait with liquefied natural gas (LNG) for five or six years to meet summer demand, a Kuwait Petroleum Corp. (KPC) official said Sunday.

“Jamal Al-Loughani, deputy director of marketing at KPC, told the Kuwaiti Al-Seyassah newspaper that Shell and BP have been contracted to supply the OPEC member country over the next 5-6 summers,” the Maritime Executive reported Monday.

Kuwait began importing LNG in 2009 to meet peak power demand from April to October.

Al-Loughani said the total volume of super-cooled gas to be delivered between the two companies would be around 2.5 million tons a year, the Maritime Executive said.

“Surging air conditioning demand in the hot Middle Eastern summer and a lack of domestic supply means Kuwait needs to import more gas each year to feed its power plants,” the report said.