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Qatar Petroleum (QP) yesterday entered into an agreement with Italian energy multinational, ENI to acquire stakes in three oilfields, offshore Mexico. Briefing at a news conference in Doha, QP CEO Saad al-Kaabi informed about QP acquiring 35% stakes in in the Mexican oilfields. Production at these fields is projected to commence by mid-2019, which will be then ramped up to 90,000 bpd by 2021.
Qatar Petroleum has inked an agreement to buy ExxonMobil’s10% stakes in three blocks in Mozambique. The ExxonMobil affiliate currently owns 60% interest in the blocks. This is Qatar Petroleum’s first expedition into Mozambique’s offshore basins. ENH and Rosneft’s affiliates are the other stakeholders in the block, with each of them owning 20% interest.
RWE, a German utility has announced that in order to import LNG, the company at present has gained access to considerable capacity of German terminal. RWE’s executive said "LNG remains a key growth area for RWE." Recently, Qatar Petroleum has informed that it is in talks with RWE and Uniper regarding a local LNG terminal. An agreement between RWE and German LNG Terminal highlights the company’s commitment to the fuel.
Qatar Petroleum CEO stated yesterday that Qatar Petroleum is advancing quickly towards its plans to expanding Qatar’s LNG output by 30 percent. He was speaking in a session titled “The Biggest Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Global Gas Industry” at the World Gas Conference in Washington, D.C. Al Kaabi said the contracts for the production expansion project would be granted by the end of 2019.
State-owned Qatar Petroleum has signed an agreement with Exxon Mobil to become a 30% equity holder in ExxonMobil Exploration Argentina SRL and Mobil Argentina SA. The companies hold rights with other partners for seven blocks under unconventional exploration licenses with active drilling plans. This is, notably, Qatar Petroleum’s first investment in Argentina, and first ever international investment in unconventional resources.
Qatar Petroleum has welcomed propositions from global firms to accomplice on building and working on a petrochemical complex, in Ras Laffan Industrial City. The feedstock will be ethane, to be brought in from the new North Field LNG expansion project. CEO Al-Kaabi has affirmed that this project will enable Qatar Petroleum to further expand its footprint in the global petrochemicals market.
Eni Spa, the Italian oil major, is in talks to sell 20% to 35% of its stake in its giant oil discovery in Mexico to Qatar Petroleum International. Presently, the negotiation isn’t public. Since Mexico opened its oil industry to competition in 2013, this deal would be the first Mexico farm-out, a joint venture in which help in developing an oil area is exchanged for a stake.
Aspiring to lay the groundwork for the next decade, Qatar Petroleum intends to bolster LNG production up to 100mtpa. The firm is seeking partnership to implement the expansion process. When Qatar Gas employed Japan’s Chiyoda to study the feasibility of the debottlenecking process, the news came as a surprise to the LNG consultants and analysts. According to them, debottlenecking is the cheapest way of capacity addition and pushes things backwards.