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The latest Al-Attiyah Foundation Research Explores how Gas, Coal and Nuclear Power compete for Global Electricity Generation

04 February, 2019

January 2019


For large-scale dispatchable electricity generation, coal and nuclear are the main global contenders with gas (due to constraints on hydropower).  So, which energy source will triumph? asked the Al-Attiyah Foundation in their latest energy research report.   


Each of these energy sources has strengths and weaknesses regarding costs, safety, public acceptability, greenhouse gas emissions and other important criteria.   With standard forecasts to 2040 suggesting the stagnation or decline of coal, and only slow expansion of nuclear, gas appears well-placed to come out ahead.  But this picture varies significantly by geography.  In addition, technological advances could bring coal and/or nuclear forward. 


The typical predictions for the global power sector see gas growing strongly, nuclear slowly and coal flat-lining or shrinking.  Scenarios of strong climate action do not help nuclear much, are negative for coal and somewhat negative for gas.  A strong nuclear revival is likely to be dependent on the deployment of new reactor designs; continuing major coal growth would require large-scale, low cost carbon capture and storage (CCS).   Neither of these possibilities can be ruled out, but they do not appear very likely.


So, what are the implications for leading gas exporters such as Qatar? 

  • Gas has the opportunity to gain significant market share from ageing coal and nuclear plants if relatively inexpensive.
  • Conversely, if gas is priced expensively, it will encourage countries such as China and India to develop and deploy nuclear and cleaner coal.
  • The emergence of low-cost CCS still probably favours gas more than coal, though it would boost both over nuclear.
  • Leading gas exporters should monitor technological progress on coal CCS and on advanced nuclear, and keep an eye on the regulatory landscape and public opinion concerning nuclear in key growth markets.


Overall, the negative outlook for coal and nuclear is quite favorable for gas.  Major gas exporters like Qatar can and should gain market share as old coal and nuclear plants in North America and Europe are closed down.  At the same time, coal is set to stagnate in the main emerging Asian economies, and nuclear to grow, but not dramatically.    


However, this line of development does rely on gas being perceived as a secure, relatively affordable and accessible fuel.  If gas is price expensively, China, India and other major Asian states will rely more on coal, and are likely to deploy more nuclear power too.  To avoid major surprises, leading gas exporters should monitor the technological, regulatory and public opinion landscape for advanced nuclear and coal CCS in the key markets:  North America, Europe, China, Russia and India.


The full report can be downloaded from the Al-Attiyah Foundation’s website The Foundation is committed to provide expert analysis and up-to-date insights on serious global, regional and country-specific challenges and opportunities on energy and sustainable development themes.  The themes are explored through its publications including the Weekly Energy News, Monthly Sustainability Digest and the Energy Research Series.    The best global experts are also invited to share their opinions with members and partners during Foundation’s quarterly CEO Round-table Series and bespoke events.   The outputs are used to educate and influence change.

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03 December, 2018

Sasol, the international integrated chemicals and energy company, yesterday announced the renewal of its membership of the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development. 


The renewal is part of Sasol’s international efforts to support sustainable development. It cements the strong relations and long-standing partnership between the two organisations as they look towards a sustainable future.


In line with the vision of the Foundation’s Chairman, Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, the Foundation’s ongoing relationship with Sasol helps to contribute to a greater understanding of energy sustainability and energy markets. The Al-Attiyah Foundation is the leading independent energy and sustainable development think tank in Qatar and has become highly respected by energy leaders both internationally and in Qatar.


Dr. Ibrahim Ibrahim, the Vice Chairman of Al-Attiyah Foundation commented: “We thank Sasol for its continued support for energy sustainability and its involvement in the Qatari and global community. We look forward to a continued partnership as we endeavor to provide knowledge and insights into global energy and sustainable development issues for the benefit of members and the society at large.” 


For his part, Maurice Radebe, Executive Vice President at Sasol said: “Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah’s achievements in the area of international energy and sustainable development extends for more than 40 years. Sasol is proud to carry on this legacy and to contribute to the development of the society and the world energy sector. We thank Al Attiyah Foundation and look forward to further cooperation in the future.”


As an international integrated chemicals and energy company and a partner with Qatar Petroleum in the ORYX GTL Venture, Sasol turns special attention to the energy and sustainable development sector in Qatar and the world. 


Sasol has also worked with Al-Attiyah Foundation to offer oil and gas companies in Qatar a training workshop on accessibility awareness and accessibility auditing through the use of the auditing smartphone application launched by its initiative Accessible Qatar (AQ). The training helps participants understand international accessibility standards, key accessibility factors that should be addressed when carrying out an accessibility audit, potential challenges the disabled might face and the technical aspects of the audit. 

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QIC Group renews membership with The Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation

12 November, 2018

Qatar Insurance Group (QIC), Qatar’s flagship insurer, and the leading insurer in the MENA region, has renewed its annual membership with The Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy & Sustainable Development (Al-Attiyah Foundation), the only independent think tank focused on Energy and Sustainable Development in Qatar.


The signing ceremony, which took place at the QIC Headquarters in Doha, was attended by Mr. Ali Saleh Al Fadala, Senior Deputy Group President & CEO of QIC Group, Mr. Abdulla Al Mulla, Group Chief Administrative Officer of QIC Group, Mr. Hamad Rashid Al-Mohannadi, Member of the Board of Trustees, Al-Attiyah Foundation, and Mr. Reda I Ali, Managing Director, Al-Attiyah Foundation.


Senior Deputy Group President & CEO of QIC Group, Mr. Ali Saleh Al Fadala commented, “With this participation, we at QIC Group reinforce our promise to uphold global best practices and international standards in the sustainability space.”


He further added, “At QIC Group, we have always ensured that the core values of our business and operating principles align with our objectives for CSR. In effect, being socially conscious has allowed us to respond, engage and solve the common concerns of the society, along with the cooperation of our customers, business partners and affiliates.”


Mr. Al-Mohannadi, Member of the Board of Trustees at the Al-Attiyah Foundation concluded: ‘’We are extremely delighted that QIC Group is renewing their Platinum Membership for the third year.  As a market leader in the insurance industry, their contribution to the Foundation is very well valued.”


As a leader in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and socially responsible business practices, Qatar Insurance Group has a long-standing commitment as a trusted and ethical partner within the Qatari community, and plays a vital role in the sustainability of Qatar’s social fabric. Through this distinctive collaboration, QIC Group renews its commitment to seek solutions for achieving sustainability.


Today, CSR is considered an integral pillar for any organization wishing to achieve sustainable development; not only within the business itself, but also within the society it operates in.  In fact, QIC Group firmly believes that engaging with the society through various CSR initiatives is a two-way process delivering business and societal benefits by creating strong relationships and helping to build trust.  Partnering with the Al-Attiyah Foundation for the third consecutive year, QIC Group will continue the company’s dedication to its CSR initiatives to fulfil its goals for achieving sustainability.

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Al-Attiyah Foundation Launches 'CSR Best Practice' Handbook

28 October, 2018

The Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development launched its book titled “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Best Practice Guidelines” at the Qatar Green Building’s Conference in Doha Sunday. 

HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, who was unable to be present, said, ‘’Companies today are recognising how being a socially responsible organization can have a positive impact on their bottom line. The aim of this handbook is to serve as a guide and useful reference tool for governments, industry and anyone involved in implementing impactful CSR programmes. I am pleased to see some of our members’ CSR Case-Studies, appearing in the book too.” 

Qatargas chief executive officer Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa al-Thani said, “Qatargas supports the work of the Al-Attiyah Foundation and is pleased to submit a case-study about our Jetty Boil-Off Gas (JBOG) Recovery Facility. This $1bn facility is entirely environmentally driven and one of the largest of its kind in the world. The energy saved from this initiative every year is sufficient to power approximately 300,000 homes and to reduce emissions by 1.6mn tonnes of CO2 equivalent.’’
The book looks at how current approaches to sustainable development are influencing CSR practices. 

Building upon the Foundation’s 2017 publication on Sustainable Development Goals and Energy Nexus, it examines key international standards, guidelines and principles, related to CSR that have emerged through UN or other multilateral processes, or established by industry or business associations.

The book also explores different CSR Initiatives through the lens of four main characteristics: whether or not it’s aligned with government developmental agendas; if it is integrated as part of a company’s core business; if it addresses social needs and if it has a positive impact on the environment.

Local and international companies such as Qatargas, Qatar Airways, Qatar Shell, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Sasol, based in Qatar, contributed to the book by providing case-studies of their recent CSR programmes. They provide a useful insight into the impact and sometimes, global replicability, of such initiatives.

Download a copy of the book here.

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Qatargas CEO Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Wins the 2018 Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Award for the Advancement of the Qatar Energy Industry

07 May, 2018

Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Chief Executive Officer of Qatargas, was selected as the 2018 winner of the Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Award for Lifetime Achievement for the Advancement of the Qatar Energy Industry, which was presented at a gala awards dinner in Doha at the Museum of Islamic Art.
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The Al-Attiyah Foundation hosts the 8th Quarterly CEO Roundtable on Water Security

27 April, 2018

The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development hosted its 8th Quarterly CEO Roundtable, exploring the priority steps required to ensure availability and sustainable management of water.
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Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of the UN Global Compact Foundation, Led Selection Committee for the 6th Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards

26 April, 2018

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of the UN Global Compact Foundation and former Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell, led the Selection Committee for the 6th Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards for Lifetime Achievement, and was joined by five other distinguished individuals.
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Benchmark oil futures prices finish strongly in 2017

28 December, 2017

Benchmark oil futures prices are finishing strongly the year 2017 with price levels not seen since June 2015. The Brent gained weekly more than 3% while the WTI increased by almost 2%. The bullish factors included the continuous outage at the Forties pipeline, the OPEC+ deal extension, announcements about potential exit strategy after the OPEC+ deal expiry, U.S. crude oil stocks fall combined to a balanced U.S. oil supply system. The bearish factors consisted mainly in the sustained increase in U.S. crude production and an expected restart of the Forties pipeline in early January 2018.

As we argued in a previous report that the oil market needs to know the exit strategy from the OPEC+ deal, it looks like that different options are now under discussion between the OPEC members and their partners to avoid any hard exit. The options would likely mean that the cuts would be extended and reduced through a tapering process depending of course on the market situation and its corresponding assessement. Additionally, Saudi Arabia and Russia pledged last Friday that any exit from the output cut deal would be gradual (Reuters).
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A Path to Achieving U.N Sustainable Development Goals

23 November, 2017

The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, put forward by the UN, invite us to follow a road less taken. Balance, harmony and decency. We take a look at what is required from nations and industry to meet these ambitious goals set by the UN, the progress, strategies and targets.
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H.E. Al-Attiyah shares his insights on how Qatar has adapted to the new competitive gas landscape

22 November, 2017

H.E. Al-Attiyah connects with world-renowned experts, including President Obama’s former advisor, Jason Bordoff and the Chairman of Tellurian Inc., at a closed-door roundtable meeting.  Hosting the event was The Centre for Global Energy Policy (CGEP), the research center within the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, New York, on 16 November 2017.
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Climate Change a Stormy topic at the UN General Assembly

10 October, 2017

The Hurricane season has only just commenced in the Northern Hemisphere. However, the American coast has already endured battering’s from Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Texas, and Hurricane Irma which came soon on its heels wreaking havoc down the coastal areas of the United States after passing through the Caribbean.
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13 September, 2017

The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development hosted its ‘Quarterly CEO Roundtable’ at the Four Seasons Doha.

The backdrop for the ‘CEO Roundtable’ dialogue was the increasing top-down/bottom-up climate action being witnessed globally.
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Al-Attiyah attends World Petroleum Congress in Turkey

11 July, 2017

HE the Former Minister of Energy and Industry and President of Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development, Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, during the five-day 22nd World Petroleum Congress being held in Istanbul, Turkey, (July 9 – 13).  
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ABHAIF & National Council on US Arab Relations ink MoU

27 May, 2017

Aimed at enchancing global awareness about the Arab world, the Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah International Foundation Forn Energy And Sustainable Development (ABHAIF) signed and MoU with the National Council on US Arab Relations, recently. The agreement eyes cooperation between two parties in the fields of development, boosting cooperation in various sectors of common concerns, exchanging information and experiences to continue cooperation and coordination.
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Investment in renewable power and energyefficiency may boost world economy by $19tn by 2050: Al-Attiyah

10 May, 2017

By Pratap JohnChief Business ReporterInvestment in renewable power and energy efficiency could add about 0.8% to global GDP by 2050, boosting the world economy by $19tn, said HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, citing an International Renewable Energy Agency report. ?The Paris Agreement (on climate change) signals that real transformation of the energy sector is the will and undertaking of all world governments,? al-Attiyah said in the Energy Elders Outlook 2020+? report.
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Doha gathers energy experts to discuss the future of the sector

10 May, 2017

The first inaugural session of the Forum of Energy Sages was held yesterday in Doha for discussion and consultation on a number of common challenges facing the energy sector globally, and to 2020. A set of recommendations has been made, which can transform the expected obstacles into real growth opportunities.
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Mideast energy use set to jump by 49% by '35: Al-Attiyah Foundation

09 May, 2017

Energy consumption in the Middle East is expected to climb by 49% by 2035, a research note by The Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development has shown.
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Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards

09 May, 2017

Glimpses from the commemorative 5th anniversary of the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards for lifetime achievement, where distinguished individuals were recognised last night. The Energy Awards are given annually to individuals for their lifetime achievement in the advancement of the global energy industry in seven categories.

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QP chief Al Kaabi honoured for career achievements

09 May, 2017

Qatar Petroleum CEO and President Saad Al-Kaabi and the former Secretary General of the international Energy Forum Noe Van Hulst led a group of distinguished individuals who were recognised yesterday at the commemorative 5th anniversary of Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah International Energy Awards for Lifetime Achievement.
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Al-Kaabi, Van Hulst among winners of Al-Attiyah energy awards 2017

08 May, 2017

Qatar Petroleum CEO & president Saad al-Kaabi and the former secretary general of the International Energy Forum, No? Van Hulst were among the dis-tinguished individuals recognised last night at the commemorative 5th anniversary
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Al-Attiyah Foundation to host Energy Elders Forum, distinguished individuals in Doha

07 May, 2017

The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development will be organising two key events in Doha today and tomorrow with the participation of global personalities in the energy industry.
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Saudi Arabia's Ex Oil Minister looks to tackle world's energy problems

06 May, 2017

Ali al-Naimi, the former oil minister of Saudi Arabia, has announced the establishment of a new energy forum called the Energy Elders Forum, in an effort to promote renewable energy as a solution to the world's energy problems.

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QU annual research forum and exhibition concludes

04 May, 2017

HE the Minister of Justice Dr Hassan Lahdan Saqr al-Mohannadi honoured the concluding day of Qatar University (QU) Annual Research Forum and Exhibition yesterday at QU Research Complex.
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Shale oil a form of non-Opec competition, says al-Attiyah

22 April, 2017

Shale oil is 'a form of non-Opec competition just as any other non-Opec oil producer is', said HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry.

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Global experts on selection panel for 5th Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah energy awards

19 April, 2017

The director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency Adnan Z Amin and the former executive director of the International Energy Agency Claude Mandil will lead the selection committee for the 5th anniversary commemoration of The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards for Lifetime Achievement.
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Committee formed for 2017 Al-Attiyah energy awards

19 April, 2017

The director general of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Adnan Z Amin and the former executive director of International Energy Agency (IEA) Claude Mandil will lead the International Selection Committee for the fifth anniversary commemoration of the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Energy Awards for Lifetime Achievement.
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Al-Attiyah Foundation, ICP sign agreement for cooperation

22 February, 2017

The Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development has signed an agreement with International Cooperation Platform to cooperate in research in the field of energy and sustainable development. Under the agreement, the Doha-based Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development and the Istanbul-based International Cooperation Platform would be partners for the forthcoming energy panels of Bosphorus Summit later this year.
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Hydrocarbons depletion inescapable reality, al-Attiyah says

18 February, 2017

Hydrocarbons are a depleting resource and this is an "inescapable" reality, said HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry.