|11 February, 2019

Natural gas plays a major role in energy transition: Qatargas CEO

Benefits from its flexibility, competitive economics, and low emissions profile

Qatargas CEO, Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani (3rd from Right), speaks at the CEO Conclave titled lsquo;Shaping the New Energy Worldrsquo; held as part of Petrotech 2019 in India.

Qatargas CEO, Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani (3rd from Right), speaks at the CEO Conclave titled ‘Shaping the New Energy World’ held as part of Petrotech 2019 in India.

Doha - Qatar: Qatargas CEO, Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, has underscored the significance of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a destination fuel in the future of energy, playing a major role in the ‘energy transition’ the world is embarking on.

The Qatargas CEO was speaking at a ‘CEO Conclave’ titled ‘Shaping the New Energy World’ held as part of the 13th International Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition - Petrotech 2019, organised by the Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, in New Delhi, from 10 to 12 February 2019.

Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani said, “Natural gas remains the fastest growing fossil fuel globally, benefiting from its flexibility, competitive economics, and low emissions profile. Thus, natural gas is called to play a major role in the energy transition, supported by the industrialisation and power demand particularly in emerging countries in Asia and Africa, and the continued ‘coal to gas’ switch, especially in India and China.”


He noted that the energy demand would continue to grow driven by emerging economies and the projected growth in global population, which will touch nine billion by 2040. LNG demand is expected to increase at an average four per cent annually to reach more than 600 million tonnes in 2035 versus 290 million tonnes in 2017. In view of this, more LNG projects are required to cover the existing and projected demand for clean fuels. He reiterated Qatar’s contribution to this increase of LNG supply through the addition of another 33 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) to its existing capacity of 77 Mtpa to take the country’s overall production capacity to 110 Mtpa by next decade.

He added that thanks to its low carbon emission profile, natural gas is the ideal complement to renewables. In countries like India where coal plays a major role (60% of energy for power) natural gas is a good substitute for oil, ensuring cleaner air and thus improving the standard of living. The CEO encouraged the Indian government to create a conducive environment for the increased use of this clean fossil fuel through a “top down” push for an enhancement of gas distribution infrastructure as well as reform of the applicable regulation and taxation.

During the conference, the Qatargas delegation led by Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatargas CEO, met with a number of key Indian stakeholders. The Company also showcased various projects and key milestones in the exhibition which was held in parallel to the conference.

Qatargas has a strong, established partnership with India, supplying LNG since January 2004 and having delivered over 1,500 cargoes to date.


About Qatargas:

Qatargas, established in 1984, pioneered the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry in Qatar and today is the largest producer of LNG in the world with an annual production capacity of 77 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) from its world-class facilities in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar. Since the first production in 1996, Qatargas has successfully delivered cargos to 31 countries, and is committed to meeting the world’s demand for safe, reliable and clean energy. Through its operational excellence, Qatargas is adding value to its production chain, contributing to the Qatari economy and Qatar’s National Vision 2030 to ensure efficient energy supplies for the country, creating new markets and contributing to the local community. In addition to the LNG facilities, Qatargas operates the Jetty Boil-Off Gas facility, Al Khaleej Gas, two Helium Plants, the two Laffan Refineries (among the largest condensate refineries in the world), and the Ras Laffan Terminal on behalf of all shareholders.

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