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Over US$9.9 billion in capex will be spent by Qatar-focused operators on gas projects to 2021

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Over US$9.9 billion in capital expenditure (capex) will be spent by Qatar-focused operators on gas projects between 2018 and 2021 to ensure that country’s production will remain around 18.1 billion ft3 per day in 2021, according to GlobalData.

Qatar Petroleum will drive Qatar’s gas production with 62.1% share of all the production in 2021. Exxon Mobil Corporation and Total SA follow with 23.8 and 3.5%, respectively. Qatar has two key upcoming gas projects, Barzan, which will be producing by 2021 and North Field Expansion. Qatar Petroleum will lead in greenfield gas projects, with participation in both the projects.

Ali Al-killidar, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData comments: “Qatar is expected to spend US$9.9 billion as capex on conventional gas projects between 2018 and 2021, with spending topping in 2021 at US$3.0 billion. Average full cycle capex per barrel of oil equivalent (boe) for Qatar gas projects is US$3.56. Shallow water projects have an average full cycle capex of US$3.58 per boe, while the single onshore gas project needs US$3.31 per boe in capital investments. New gas projects average US$1.39 per boe in capex.”

Shallow water projects require a gas price of US$1 per thousand ft3 for the development to break even.

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