Qatar Energy Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Energy from The Report: Qatar 2019

For over a decade Qatar has been the world’s leading supplier of liquefied natural gas, and by 2024 the country aims to boost output by 43%. While much of Qatar’s growth in the decades after independence in 1971 was fuelled by crude oil, natural gas gained prominence in the 1990s. In 2018 Qatar announced it would leave the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which it joined as one...

Its relatively small population and status as the world’s biggest gas exporter have helped Qatar become the richest country globally in terms of GDP per capita, which stood at $72,700 at current prices in 2019, according to IMF estimates. In recent years, however, the nation has faced strong economic headwinds from a drop in global energy prices to a diplomatic blockade.

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Qatar is seeking international partners for the expansion of its North Field gas mega-project, a development that will both boost output and support broader infrastructure growth.

 

What impact will the recent merger of Qatargas and RasGas have on the country’s ability to compete in the global LNG market?

 

Qatar’s decision to expand liquefied natural gas (LNG) production by 43% from 77m tonnes per year to 110m tonnes per year by 2024 is designed to enable the country to capitalise on growing global demand for the fuel. The country has been one of the world’s main exporters of LNG, although in recent years, competitors including the US and...

 

Although the world remains largely dependent upon fossil fuels for power generation, a gradual transition towards renewable sources has been taking place since the 1990s, underpinned by multilateral deals such as the Kyoto Protocol, the Doha Amendment and, more recently, the Paris Agreement. Investment and development in renewable technologies...

 

For over a decade Qatar has been the world’s leading supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG), and by 2024 the country aims to strengthen its share in the market and boost output by 43%, from 77m to 110m tonnes per year (see analysis). While much of Qatar’s growth in the decades after independence in 1971 was fuelled by crude, natural gas...

Its relatively small population and status as the world’s biggest gas exporter have helped Qatar become the richest country globally in terms of GDP per capita, which stood at $72,700 at current prices in 2019, according to IMF estimates. In recent years, however, the nation has faced strong economic headwinds from a drop in global energy prices to a diplomatic blockade.