HE the Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, also the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, stressed that energy transition is a shared responsibility that requires the active participation of oil and gas producers, legislators and governments, and consumers across the globe, and should be driven in an equitable way.
Al-Kaabi made the remarks during the opening ministerial session of the Gastech Exhibition & Conference in Dubai to discuss driving the global energy transition, with the participation of Suhail Mohamed al-Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy, Fatih Dönmez, Turkey’s Minister of Energy & Natural Resources, Arifin Tasrif, Indonesia’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, and Mohammad Barkindo Sanusi, OPEC’s Secretary General.
In his remarks, al-Kaabi noted that the energy transition is underway. “However,” he noted, “We must all be cautious of the euphoria that is driving unrealistic rhetoric around the transition instead of tackling the issues that can be solved today.”
As an example, the minister highlighted that more than 30% of the world’s electricity is generated with coal today.
He said, “By simply switching from coal to gas, we can cut the associated CO2 emissions by at least one half.”
He also warned that pressuring producers into stopping oil and gas investments even for sustaining current production will have dire consequences, which can be felt severely by consumers.
In presenting his vision for an energy transition that leaves no one behind, al-Kaabi said, “Let’s not forget there are almost one billion people on our planet today that are deprived of basic electricity and fuels. Let’s not forget them by only focusing on the richer countries and what they can afford and do.”
Citing the North Field Expansion project, which will raise Qatar’s LNG production from 77mnn tonnes per year (MTPY) to 126MTPY, Minister al-Kaabi reaffirmed Qatar’s commitment to investing in natural gas projects.
He said, “This is our responsibility to the gas market and a big part of the transition journey we have embarked upon. We are adding four mega- LNG trains that have already been sanctioned and another two mega- trains will be sanctioned in the first quarter of next year.”
Al-Kaabi called on governments to assume their role in guiding energy transition by putting practical and pragmatic plans in place.
He said, “Legislators and governments have a role to play. As an example, we do not have a consistent approach to carbon pricing or any other concrete mechanism that induces the right behavior towards energy transition. Many governments are calling for net-zero targets by 2050, but with no real plans or clear path to achieve that. This is not helpful to either governments or the public.”
Al-Kaabi concluded his remarks by stressing that the oil and gas industry is part of the solution in the energy transition and fundamental to the growth of the global economy.
“We have to join hands to make sure that this mammoth task that we are embarking on can be practically achieved. We need to collaborate and be realistic,” the minister added.
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