Qatar will look to consolidate its global position as the top LNG exporter as the country has embarked on North Field development, which will boost production to more than 100mn tonnes per year (tpy) by 2024.
Qatar is focusing on field development even on crude oil, especially at the Bul Hanine offshore oilfield.
Coming to petrochemicals, Qatar plans a 1.6mn tonnes per year world-scale plant that should be operational within six years.
While the final details of the North Field expansion have not been announced yet, Qatar Petroleum president and CEO Saad Sherida al-Kaabi recently said “QP will be expanding in a joint venture with some IOCs (international oil companies).”
Qatar intends to improve an export-oriented gas project in the North Field. However, QP is yet to decide whether the exports will be in the form of LNG, GTL or pipeline gas.
Since 2005, QP has been conducting extensive studies and exerting exceptional efforts to assess the North Field, including drilling a number of appraisal wells to better estimate the field’s production potential.
“We are looking at different ways of doing that, examining offers from different IOCs to see what is in our best interest. Most probably we will have a few joint ventures,” al-Kaabi told the Middle East Economic Survey (MEES).
Asked whether it will be with IOCs already operating in Qatar’s LNG sector, al-Kaabi said, “Not necessarily. It could also be with new companies. We are selectively entertaining a number of companies. It is not an open bid, it is people we want to have in Qatar that can add value.
“The technical side, the engineering side, is moving forward. We have brought in Chiyoda, who designed and built all of the trains. They are already working with QP on the design of the new trains and how we are going to do it.”
While there is a glut in the market currently, QP is designing gas projects in the five-to-seven years horizon, where a big demand for energy is expected.