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Country profile: Qatar

Location: Middle East, peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia
Climate: arid; mild, pleasant winters; very hot, humid summers
Terrain: mostly flat and barren desert covered with loose sand and gravel
Size: 11437 sq. km total (Land area: 11437 sq. km )
Population: 928,635 (July 2008 est.)
Languages: Arabic (official), English commonly used as a second language
Government: emirate
Capital city: Doha
Legal system: based on Islamic and civil law codes; discretionary system of law controlled by the Amir, although civil codes are being implemented; Islamic law dominates family and personal matters; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction
Currency: Qatari rial (QAR)
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While Qatar is a member of the Organization of the Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) and is a significant oil producer, the government has devoted more resources to the development of natural gas in recent years, particularly for export as liquefied natural gas (LNG). In 2006, Qatar reportedly surpassed Indonesia to become the largest exporter of LNG in the world.

Together, revenues from the oil and natural gas sectors amount to 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Domestically, the vast majority of Qatar’s total energy consumption comes from natural gas (79 percent), while the balance is supplied by oil.

Energy production and consumption


Oil Gas
Production: 1 million bbl/day (2005 est.) 43 billion cu m (2005 est.)
Consumption: 95,000 bbl/day (2004) 17 billion cu m (2005 est.)
Exports: 960,600 bbl/day (2004) 25 billion cu m (2005 est.)
Imports:    
Reserves: 15 billion bbl (2007 est.) 25 trillion cu m (1 January 2007 est.)
Major fields:



Qatar - recent news

07 Aug 20
Qatar: Air Products selected for first phase of Qatar Petroleum’s massive LNG production expansion project
Air Products, the world’s leader in liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology and equipment, has been selected to provide its proprietary AP-X Natural Gas Liquefaction Process technology and equipment to Qatargas for the first phase of Qatar Petroleum’s massive LNG production expansion project, commonly known as the North Field East (NFE) Project.
21 Jul 20
Qatar: Fugro completes Phase 1 of site investigation contract for Qatargas North Field
Fugro has completed the first phase of their multidisciplinary offshore site investigation for Qatargas’ North Field Production Sustainability’s Compression Phase.
01 Jun 20
Qatar Petroleum signs the largest LNG shipbuilding agreements in history to cater for its LNG growth plans
Qatar Petroleum has entered into three agreements to reserve LNG ship construction capacity in the Republic of Korea to be utilized for Qatar Petroleum’s future LNG carrier fleet requirements, including those for the ongoing expansion projects in the North Field and in the United States.
24 May 20
Qatar is moving full steam ahead to develop the North Field gas projects
Qatar is going full steam ahead with the North Field expansion projects to raise Qatar’s LNG production capacity from 77 million today to 110 million tons per annum by 2025 and 126 million tons per annum by 2027. Final onshore commercial bids will be received by September and that contracts will be awarded by the end of the year.
15 Apr 20
Qatar Petroleum announces start of the development drilling campaign for the North Field East Project
Qatar Petroleum has announced the start of the development drilling campaign for the North Field East Project, or NFE (previously known as the North Field Expansion Project). The first of 80 NFE development wells was spudded on 29 March by the jack-up rig 'GulfDrill Lovanda'.

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