The Chairman and Founder of The Al-Attiyah Foundation, His Excellency Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah brings a distinguished record of public service in energy matters both within Qatar and internationally. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Advisory Board also provide similar levels of expertise.
His Excellency was appointed Minister of Energy and Industry for Qatar in 1992 and Chairman and Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum at the same time. Under his leadership, Qatar expanded in four areas:
The Foundation comments and provides research on all four areas both in the international arena and on the impact and development of local industries within Qatar and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
H.E. Al-Attiyah, in his role as Minister of Energy and Industry, also played a key role in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Companies (OPEC) and this now enables the Foundation to provide a wider international perspective on oil, gas and petrochemical matters.
In line with its vision and mission, The Al-Attiyah Foundation seeks to provide information, programs, independent research and publications on the overall regional and international perspectives of these industries. Global supply/demand balances, their impact on worldwide stocks and prices are monitored and analyzed on a daily basis.
This area of activity has been perhaps the greatest achievement under the leadership of H.E. Al-Attiyah. Exports of LNG and pipeline gas in Qatar rose from zero in the 1980s until now when the State is the largest exporter of LNG in the world. During that time, significant technical breakthroughs were achieved along the LNG supply chain. Commentary and studies on all aspects of the gas value chain and the international LNG trade are provided by the Foundation. The focus covers offshore and onshore gas processing, liquefaction, and tankerage operations to reliquification.
It operates the only gas pipeline that crosses country borders in the GCC with the Dolphin pipeline to the UAE and Oman.
In addition to LNG, Qatar established the world’s largest Gas to Liquids (GTL) industry with two major GTL plants. The plants feed the refinery industry and create blending and specialty chemical opportunities on a worldwide basis. GTL based fuels are attracting growing interest in various transportation industries because of their intrinsic low emission properties.
Of particular interest are the coproducts of LNG production: condensate liquids, LPG, ethane (for local petrochemical use) and Sulphur.
The Petrochemical sector in Qatar has perhaps been overshadowed by the larger oil and gas sectors. Nevertheless, its achievements have been significant. This area of reporting will be developed by the Foundation.
Commentary will feature Qatar’s regional role in the international fertilizer markets (urea and ammonia) and the various polyethylene production industries.
Usage of gas as a means to add value and enhance local employment has been a key area of focus for many Gulf countries. The primary use is the cogeneration of electricity and desalinated water, in water scarce but energy-rich economies. Also, smelting industries for aluminum and steel have been established. The Foundation will continue to research and report on the relevant economics of these enterprises and how they fit into the global and local trade.
The Al -Attiyah Foundation will also touch upon other areas of energy research related to primary and secondary sources of energy that are of relevance to the energy industry. Again, the Foundation will explore these themes through an an international lens while also understanding the local impact. This will be done in conjunction with the Sustainability Directorate where the overlap of economics between competing fuels is obvious.
In consultation with members, the Al-Attiyah Foundation will identify and periodically review a list of themes or subjects for possible strategic research and independent study. The outcome from such studies will be regularly disseminated through the following publications: Daily and Monthly News Letters, Research Papers and CEO Round Table Meetings. The findings of the CEO Roundtable Meetings are published in a series of “White Papers” which are distributed to members.
One of the recurring activities in the Energy Sector is the Al-Attiyah Awards for services to the Oil and Gas Industry. This event has been held annually since 2013 and forms a high point of the Foundation’s yearly activities.