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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...

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.

Qatar has merged its two majority state-owned liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers and stepped up output, with the aim of increasing its competitiveness in global markets.

 

What advantages does Qatar enjoy in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry?

 

With domestic sources of oil in decline – and, until recently, a moratorium in place on further exploitation of the country’s vast offshore natural gas reserves – Qatar has been boosting its overseas investments, with state oil and gas giant Qatar Petroleum (QP) now involved in projects across the globe. QP has been working in cooperation with...

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