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Chapter | Utilities from The Report: Qatar 2017

Driven by large energy-intensive developments and a rapidly growing population, demand for electricity and water has surged in Qatar over the past decade. Peak power demand on the country’s networks has more than doubled since 2006, while water consumption has also increased in tandem with the country’s development. Base case assumptions issued by government regulators and procurement agencies...

2017 proved a turbulent year for Qatar, dominated by the diplomatic rift that emerged between the country and several other regional states in June 2017. However, Qatar has adapted quickly, with many in the local business community confident about the future.

 

Though chiefly known for its success in the oil and gas sector, which has made it one of the world’s wealthiest countries, Qatar is also home to a number of non-hydrocarbons industries that are playing an increasingly important in the economy, particularly in light of the government’s broader plans for diversification. According to the...

 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the country’s substantial oil and gas operations, Qatar’s downstream petrochemicals sector forms a key pillar of its industrial base – and, like the upstream industry, it has maintained robust output despite depressed global oil prices. Led by Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO), an offshoot of state-owned oil...

 

What are the key indicators used when evaluating projects to potentially invest in?

 

With demand for electricity and water forecast to keep rising, Qatar continues to make substantial investments in new production. Led by Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC), the public stake-holding company and chief sector player, in 2015 authorities completed one project and initiated two others. The goal is to raise the country’s...

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