Posted on September 13, 2011

Qatar’s liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) output will reach 11mn tonnes per year by 2012, making it one of the largest global exporters, Tasweeq CEO Saad al-Kuwari (pictured) has said. “The more we produce liquefied natural gas (LNG), the more LPG we get,” al-Kuwari told Gulf Times yesterday.

Asked whether Qatar’s LPG output would increase given that the country had achieved its targeted liquefied natural gas production capacity (of 77mn tpy), al-Kuwari said: “Maybe there will be a slight increase with local projects such as Barzan and AKG2 getting commissioned. But I can’t say how much more LPG we will produce with the start-up of the two local projects.”

Currently, Qatar produces about 10.7mn tonnes per year of liquefied petroleum gas. Tasweeq delivers regulated products exported from Qatar, such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG), condensate, sulphur and refined products, including naphtha, motor gasoline jet fuel and most recently GTL naphtha (a high quality product from Pearl GTL, the world’s largest gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar).

Tasweeq also markets QP’s crude oil entitlements (non-regulated products) under an agency agreement. The Tasweeq CEO had recently said that the state-owned company was expected to export 190mn barrels of condensates in 2012. The company also expected to export 3mn tonnes of refined products, 7.5mn tonnes of naphtha and 11mn tonnes of LPG, he said while addressing the company’s global customers in Singapore.

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“The LPG Industry is set to scale newer heights with countries around the world realising the significance of adopting green energy,” al-Kuwari said. “The World LP Gas Association (WLPGA) has constantly reached out to varied markets in both developed and developing countries, encouraging the shift to LPG. Qatar’s strategic geographic location connects us with prime markets such as the Far East and the Indian Sub-Continent.”

LPG is a clean-burning and efficient fuel and a vital source of energy for hundreds of millions of people throughout the world. LPG can be used anywhere and is available now without large investments in technology and infrastructure. It is a multi-purpose energy with literally thousands of applications. It is portable, can be transported, stored and used virtually anywhere in the world and there are sufficient reserves to last for many decades. Importantly, LPG demonstrates lower green house gas emissions than petrol, diesel, and electricity, on an energy-equivalent basis.

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