A new deal between Qatar and Kazakhstan could mean that the former becomes the top solar energy power producer in the region. (Image Reuters/Arabian Eye).

Qatar at the forefront of the MENA solar energy complex

by  — 26 October 2014

Following the unveiling in June by Qatar Solar Energy (QSE) – a private initiative supported by the Qatar government – of a new, vertically-integrated solar panel manufacturing and research facility located in Doha’s New Industrial Area, the firm has signed a landmark agreement with Kazakhstan-based energy company, Kazatomprom, which will supply QSE with raw materials used in the production of solar panels. read more ›

A Qatargas LNG carrier transfers the first load of LNG to China recently, marking the beginning of what many hope will be a growing relationship between the Chinese and Qataris. (Image Qatargas).

Qatargas makes first LNG delivery to China’s Hainan terminal

by  — 23 September 2014

Given that Qatar is among just 30 countries currently able to conduct cross-border payments for settlement of trade transactions in Chinese renminbi (RMB), and to place remunerative term deposits in the currency, and the only country with such vast gas wealth, it was only a matter of time before Qatargas delivered its first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to China National Oil Corporation (CNOOC) read more ›

Substantial new LNG production facilities are due to come online while demand is also set to grow as the world will gradually turn to cleaner natural gas. (Image Reuters/Arabian Eye)

Moratorium or growth? The energy choice facing Qatar

by  — 1 May 2014

Doha may soon come under pressure to lift its moratorium on North Field gas production. read more ›

In 2013, Japan imported over 87 million tonnes of LNG, the vast majority of it for power generation at a cost of QAR250 billion, the most it had ever spent in a single year. (Image Corbis)

What Japan’s troubled relationship with nuclear power means for Qatar

by  — 17 March 2014

Japan’s renegotiation of its troubled relationship with nuclear power will have a bearing on Qatar’s natural gas exports, but whichever path Tokyo chooses to tread, its relationship with Doha will continue. read more ›


Natural gas will outpace growth of all other sources of energy until 2035

by  — 16 March 2014

Natural gas is expected to be the fastest growing energy source until 2035, according to the latest BP Energy Outlook 2035. Between 2012 and 2035, natural gas demand is expected to grow by an average 1.9 percent per year, outpacing all other energy sources. This is likely to lead to higher natural gas prices, including for LNG, which could prove a boon to Qatar, the world’s largest exporter of LNG. read more ›

Qatar Petroleum’s Halul produced water treatment plant, northeast of Doha (Image Qatar Design Consortium)

How ‘produced water’ could be a high growth sector for Qatar

by  — 13 March 2014

Produced water, a by-product of oil and gas extraction, could provide “huge market opportunities” to service providers in Qatar, according to new research. read more ›

Rapid growth in India has led the state to drive reform of its future energy mix (Image Getty Images)

Could India become Qatar’s next large LNG customer?

by  — 13 February 2014

India’s LNG consumption is set to increase rapidly in the near future, a government-commissioned report reveals – and Qatar could ostensibly be well-positioned to capitalise on the energy needs of this fast growing country. But on further examination, Doha’s share of the subcontinent may not be as secure as it appears. read more ›

A Q-Max vessel such as this, pictured, will be converted to run on LNG in the near future, reducing emissions and costs for Qatar.

Liquefied natural gas to power Qatar’s LNG carriers

by  — 10 February 2014

Three Qatar state-owned companies have unveiled plans to convert an ocean-going gas tanker to run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an alternative to heavy fuel oil, it emerged in January. read more ›

Prime Minister & Interior Minister HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani and His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry visiting Maersk Oil Qatar stand during the IPTC. (Image Maersk Oil)

7th International Petroleum Technology Conference opens in Qatar

by  — 20 January 2014

Some of the oil & gas industry’s largest firms convened in Qatar today to discuss the sector outlook and review the technology advancements – at what is the first and largest international gathering of energy producers and consumers for 2014 for the Eastern hemisphere. read more ›

As demand for power in Doha and indeed all of Qatar is only set to increase in coming years, the need for an independent electricity regulator is imperative, says an industry researcher. (Image Corbis)

Qatar set to launch independent electricity regulator in 2014

by  — 14 January 2014

Qatar is laying the groundwork for the establishment of an independent electricity sector regulator, industry insiders have told The Edge, with the body set to begin work in 2014. read more ›

His Excellency Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry (centre), speaking at a press conference following the opening of the Helium 2 plant. Also present were Hamad Rashid Al Mohannadi, RasGas chief executive officer and vice chairman of Qatar Petroleum (left) and Khalid Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatargas chief executive officer (right).

Qatar’s Helium 2 plant opening makes it world’s largest exporter

by  — 15 December 2013

The recently opened Helium 2 plant is the world’s largest helium refining facility and makes Qatar the world’s largest exporter of helium and second largest producer. read more ›

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh attends the 15th ministerial meeting of Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Tehran, Iran in November with Qatar’s Minister of Industry and Energy HE Saleh Mohammed Al Sada in the background. (Image Corbis)

Unlikely allies: Iran backs Qatar in oil indexation debate

by  — 14 December 2013

Iran is to support the linking of gas contracts to oil prices throughout its two-year leadership of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, it emerged in November. And the move means Qatar has found itself an unlikely ally. read more ›

US shale gas revolution is no game changer for Qatar, says QNB Group

by  — 1 December 2013

The development of US shale gas extraction to tap previously inaccessible reserves, the so-called US shale gas revolution, is not proving to be a game changer for Qatar, according to QNB Group. read more ›

5th Annual Middle East District Cooling Summit comes to an end

by  — 28 November 2013

The 5th Annual Middle East District Cooling Summit – a gathering of regional and global experts for cooling and tri-generation (cooling, heat and power) in the region, concluded today. read more ›

Once touted as a viable means to provide emission-free solutions to the world’s energy needs, carbon capture and storage (CSS) has proven commercially ineffective due to unsustainable costs, prompting the closure of a facility in Norway recently that was supposed to lead the way in the technology. (Image Corbis)

Qatar’s carbon capture development opportunity

by  — 11 November 2013

The world needs leadership on carbon capture and storage after Europe’s flagship project was abandoned last month. Qatar could take the helm, writes Jamie Stewart read more ›


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