Does QatarEnergy look downstream for long term strategy?
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President, Competitive Energy Strategies, LLC
Oct. 4, 2023
QatarEnergy’s immediate challenge is to execute its newbuild LNG program and place new, anticipated LNG cargoes into Asian Pacific and European markets via longer-term contracts, destination clauses or contracted regasification capacity. If successful, the national oil company (NOC) — and Qatar — will continue to vie with US LNG exports for global leadershipon a volumetric basis but with a higher utilization rate into the 2030s. This will be no small achievement.
In the long term, the Qatar NOC’s challenges multiply: reinvest the extraordinary cash flows generated by success of its hydrocarbons production program (including but not limited to LNG); prevent itself from being a price taker for its liquids or LNG exports; and fundamentally, to remain politically and economically independent. This last objective is of course a matter for the Qatari State but here the contribution by and consequences for QatarEnergy and for its single shareholder are inseparable.
The NOC's aspiration is to transform itself into a global, upstream player in hydrocarbons with world-scale assets. The question is whether the transition to clean energy could merit a shift or modification of its approach after the medium term.
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