Saudi Arabia’s decision to weaken the link between hydrocarbons and economic growth, and pursue a policy of diversification has seen a wide range of projects come to fruition in the last several years. While at present the Covid-19 pandemic and the unprecedented plunge in oil prices are causing significant short-term uncertainty, the reforms that have been put in place in recent years should stand the Kingdom in good stead over the longer term.
The dramatic slowdown in industrial production, energy demand and transport activity in the first quarter of 2020 has led to significantly lower levels of air pollution, sparking debate over whether the coronavirus outbreak will lead to permanent shifts in consumer and industrial behaviours that could reorient economic policy towards sustainable development goals.
Articles & Analysis | Qatar to greatly expand production of liquefied natural gas from The Report: Qatar 2020
As of early 2020 Qatar’s energy sector was on the threshold of major expansion plans that will allow it to benefit from growing global demand for cleaner sources of power generation. Although it is facing increasing competition from other suppliers, Qatar has been the world’s leading exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for some time.
Interviews & Viewpoints | Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, CEO, Qatargas: Interview from The Report: Qatar 2020
How is Qatargas planning to mitigate the effects of what are expected to be major shifts between excess supply and demand in the next five years?
The duel aims of rapidly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing greater access to energy for underserved regions of the world are proving to be a complex challenge in need of innovative solutions and major investment. Repeated warnings from scientists regarding the economic and environmental consequences of unabated carbon emissions...
Articles & Analysis | Strong competition for roles to grow North Field output in Qatar from The Report: Qatar 2020
Qatar’s North Field expansion (NFE) project has continued to grow in scope since it was first mooted in 2017; however, in February 2020 the project was temporarily postponed. This decision comes in the wake of declining gas prices and the increasing supply from the US and other countries. As of March 2020 the delay was expected to push the...