Natural gas will play a leading role in national energy strategies toward a lower carbon, post-COVID world, Crescent CEO tells Atlantic Council Forum

Majid Jafar outlines the critical role of gas in the energy mix as countries work to dramatically reduce their carbon footprints

  
Majid Jafar

Majid Jafar

  • As governments seek to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 , natural gas offers an economic and sustainable solution on the path to a more sustainable energy mix, Mr. Jafar says 

Sharjah, UAE: Natural gas will play a leading role as a part of national energy strategies as governments look to reduce their carbon footprints and recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum and Managing Director of the Board of Dana Gas, the region’s oldest privately owned upstream oil and gas company, will tell an audience of business leaders and policymakers at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum. As countries commit tomore ambitious decarbonization goals while seeking to boost economic activity in the wake of the pandemic, natural gas offers a reliable and lower carbon solution for developing countries with growing energy needs as they move away from  coal and seek to complement renewable energy, Mr Jafar will tell the audience.

“As economies around the world look to emerge from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, cleaner burning natural gas will offer the multiple benefits of affordability, reliability and lower carbon footprint, while serving as a critical counterpart to intermittent renewable energy, while also enabling tomorrow’s hydrogen economy. Countries looking to boost infrastructural spending in the wake of the pandemic must consider a future energy strategy with natural gas as an important part of the mix, particularly in the developing world where coal is the main energy source but also the single biggest source of CO2 emissions, as well as particulates and nitrous oxides.”

The oil and gas industry will also need to make improvements of its own, he notes, such as redoubling efforts to prevent methane leaks in their operations, minimising gas flaring, and to adopt new technologies such as carbon capture and storage and methane emissions abatement to ensure reliable and cleaner gas supply.

Mr. Jafar will be speaking on the online panel, “Net Zero and the Future of Natural Gas” during the 5th Annual Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum, which is being held virtually between Jan 19-21. Mr Jafar will be joined on the panel by Fatima Al Nuaimi, CEO of ADNOC LNG, Shaikh Nawaf Saud Al Sabah,  CEO of Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC), in addition to Charif Souki, Executive Chairman of the Board of Tellurian and Scott Strazik, Chief Executive Officer, GE Gas Power.

Mr. Jafar notes, “Nations that have already switched away from coal to gas have been able to show a considerable drop in emissions, reducing CO2 emissions by upwards of 15-20 per cent in the transition. And the UAE’s wise Energy Strategy for 2050 has an almost equal balance between natural gas and renwable energy, with each planned to provide approximately 40% of total energy needs each, and the recent announcement of the Abu Dhabi Hydrogen Aliance is another important inititaive in this field.”

Crescent Petroleum has been a leader in delivering clean natural gas for power generation in the region, with natural gas now accounting for more than 85 per cent of its total production. As companies and countries look to transition from high carbon emitting fuels like coal and diesel to lower emitting natural gas, Crescent has worked to cut its carbon intensity per barrel equivalent to less than one third of the industry average, with plans to reduce it even further. Moreover, Crescent Petroleum has brought its overall flaring down to 0.7 percent of production, with aspirations to bring that figure down towards zero in coming years. 

The Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum convenes the world’s top energy and foreign policy decisionmakers to set the global energy agenda for the year ahead and examine the longer-term geopolitical and geoeconomic implications of the changing energy system. The Forum is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, ADNOC, and Mubadala.

The Forum, now in its fifth year, has emerged as the preeminent conference to discuss the geopolitical and market issues confronting the energy industry in the coming year, develop new partnerships, and demonstrate thought leadership on global energy trends. The 2021 Forum has a special focus on the post-pandemic energy system, emerging net-zero carbon goals, the role of the Middle East in the energy transition, and the US’s energy and foreign policy priorities in the Biden administration.

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About Crescent Petroleum

Crescent Petroleum is the first and largest private oil and gas company in the Middle East, in its fifth decade as an international operator with experience in numerous countries across the region and worldwide. It is also the largest shareholder in Dana Gas PJSC and a member of the Crescent Group of companies headquartered in Sharjah in the UAE. www.crescentpetroleum.com 

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