Venture Global LNG Inc. CEO Michael Sabel said some of the company’s long-term offtakers are attempting to undermine the new exporter’s competitive edge in pointed comments published Tuesday by the Financial Times.

Sabel’s comments are some of his strongest yet in what’s become a very public dispute with offtakers that have accused the company of failing to deliver contracted liquefied natural gas.

Sabel told the Financial Times that Venture Global is a “catastrophe” and “competitive threat” for the companies alleging contract violations. LNG market heavyweights and supermajors BP plc and Shell plc have joined Repsol SA and Edison SpA in arbitration proceedings against the Gulf Coast exporter. 

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