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Qatar Focuses on Building Energy R&D Capacity

A QP condensate refinery complex under construction in Ras Laffan, the first condensate refinery in the Middle East.

Innovation and R&D have become top priorities for governments in the Middle East, mainly in the Gulf region. Qatar is striving to take the lead in this domain and has unveiled an ambitious plan to become the region’s energy R&D center now that it has completed a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) production upgrade as part of its strategy to monetize its vast gas reserves.

Qatar’s plan to establish itself as a center of energy R&D is in line with its National Vision 2030, which aims to transform the nation from a hydrocarbon-based economy into a knowledge economy.

“R&D and technology have been at the heart of Qatar’s energy sector for many years, allowing it to unlock and commercialize the North Field’s vast gas reserves, and grow the country into the world’s largest LNG exporter,” said Hamad Rashid Al Mohannadi, chief executive officer of RasGas Company and chairman of the Board of Regents at Qatar University. He spoke recently at the Gulf Intelligence Qatar Energy R&D Forum in Doha in a presentation titled, “Qatar Energy R&D Next Steps—Moving from the Theoretical to the Specific.”

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Qatar Focuses on Building Energy R&D Capacity

Abdelghani Henni, JPT Middle East Editor

01 July 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 7

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