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Qatar, World Bank Extend Cooperation to Further Reduce Emissions from Gas Flaring


World Bank VP for Sustainable Development, Rachel Kyte, speaking at the COP18

December 6, 2012

The Government of Qatar and the World Bank-led Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) partnership are extending their cooperation to reduce flaring of gas associated with oil and gas production as a concrete contribution to improving energy efficiency and mitigating climate change.



Rachel KyteWithout ambitious climate action, the science tells us we could experience a 4°C warmer world this century – the consequences would be catastrophic. The world must tackle the problem of climate change more aggressively. Qatar’s support and concrete contributions to minimizing emissions from gas flaring are critical actions to help limit global warming. || Rachel Kyte, Vice President, Sustainable Development, The World Bank

The Government of Qatar and the World Bank-led Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR) partnership are extending their cooperation to reduce flaring of gas associated with oil and gas production as a concrete contribution to improving energy efficiency and mitigating climate change.

Representatives from the Qatari government, Qatar Petroleum, and the World Bank, who are also participating in the UN Climate Conference in Doha, signed on December 5 the Administrative Agreement for Qatar’s participation in phase 4 of the GGFR partnership, covering the period 2013-2015.

"This partnership agreement supports Qatar’s ambition of becoming an energy leader that provides critically needed lower emission and environmentally friendly LNG to all corners of the globe, while maintaining economic diversification and environmental stewardship. I am confident that this phase of the partnership will deliver measurable GHG reductions and I look forward to our continuous and productive cooperation with the World Bank,” said His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman & Managing Director of QP.

Qatar joined the GGFR partnership in January 2009, and was the first Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country to join the GGFR. Kuwait now is also a partner, as well as Iraq in the Middle East. All countries in the region are invited to join the global efforts to reduce flaring and increase the utilization of associated gas for power generation, and other potential uses.

“Without ambitious climate action, the science tells us we could experience a 4°C warmer world this century – the consequences would be catastrophic. The world must tackle the problem of climate change more aggressively,” said Rachel Kyte, World Bank’s Vice President for Sustainable Development. “Qatar’s support and concrete contributions to minimizing emissions from gas flaring are critical actions to help limit global warming."

Over the past few years, the Government of Qatar, at the highest levels, has been proactive in reducing gas flaring within a context of dramatic increase in its oil and gas production.

The “Qatar National Development Strategy 2011-2016”, for example, sets out as a key objective the halving of flaring between 2008 and 2016. It also mentions the development of a detailed flaring monitoring tool as one of the ten priorities of its environmental strategy for 2016.

According to satellite estimates, since the year 2000, whilst the oil and gas production in Qatar increased by almost four fold, gas flaring has been halved. Qatar flared nine cubic meters of gas per barrel of oil equivalent (boe) produced in 2000, versus 1.1 m3 per boe in 2011.

This was achieved through the implementation of a number of gas flaring reduction projects in various oil fields as well as in the mega gas plants of Ras Laffan.

Productive cooperation

GGFR’s cooperation with Qatar Petroleum has also been productive. Several workshops were organized on the potential role of carbon finance (CDM) in making flaring reduction projects more economically viable; on improving measurement and reporting of flaring data; and on identifying flaring reduction projects.

The GGFR partnership, which recently marked its 10-year anniversary with a major Global Forum in London, has already helped reduce gas flaring by 20%, from 172 billion cubic meters in 2005 to 140 bcm in 2011. This cut has prevented some 274 million tons of CO2 emissions, roughly equivalent to taking 52 million cars off the road. At the recent event, Qatar also received two awards for major flare reduction projects on the Al Shaheen oil field and on the Qatargas LNG plant.

The GGFR partners have reduced flaring by establishing a global standard for gas flaring reduction, sharing best practices on regulation and technology deployment, and by identifying and supporting gas utilization projects. Partners are now finalizing the work program for the period 2013-2015, and they have agreed to deepen their collaboration to reduce gas flaring by working along the whole gas value chain, both upstream and downstream.

This means that GGFR partners will focus on helping countries develop gas infrastructure and gas markets, as a way of expanding access to cleaner electricity and cooking fuels. These actions also aim to contribute to larger objectives of the international community such as the Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

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Last updated: 2012-12-06




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