QatarEnergy on 21 November signed a sales and purchase agreement (SPA) with state-firm China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) to supply 4mn t/y of LNG to China. The 27-year SPA is the longest LNG sales contract on record. It is also the second recent SPA between QatarEnergy and Sinopec, following a 10 year SPA signed in March 2021 for 2mn t/y (MEES, 26 March 2021). This took effect in January, and alongside a 3.5mn t/y deal with fellow Chinese state firm CNOOC has been instrumental in seeing China surge ahead of South Korea and India as Qatar’s top LNG customer for the first 10 months of 2022 (see chart & MEES, 25 November).