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Qatar LNG expansion plan turns spotlight back on methane emissions

The natural gas industry is a major emitter of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that receives less attention than carbon dioxide, despite having a much higher warming potential.
LNG powered ship

Qatar Petroleum executives are jetting around the globe to ink new contracts after the gas-rich nation announced the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in history. The mega expansion project aims to boost the country’s LNG annual production from 77 million to 126 million tons to reaffirm its dominance as the world's largest LNG exporter.

Natural gas is often touted as a relatively clean fossil fuel that emits only about half the carbon dioxide when burned than coal and is necessary for a transition to low-carbon energy under the narrative aggressively pushed by the oil and gas industry. 

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