TotalEnergies is proud of the history and strong ties between Qatar and France, says Country Chair

July 15, 2021

For more than 85 years, TotalEnergies has been a major contributor to Qatar’s oil and gas activities, from Exploration and Production to Refining, Petrochemicals, and Marketing. The French energy major, who recently transformed from Total to TotalEnergies in reflection of the company’s strategic transformation into a broad energy company, is now also contributing to the development of renewable and clean energies in Qatar.
The Peninsula spoke to Matthieu Bouyer, Managing Director of TotalEnergies EP Qatar, and TotalEnergies Country Chair, on the Company’s long partnership with Qatar and QP, and its ambition to becoming a world class player in clean energies.

On the history of TotalEnergies in Qatar
TotalEnergies first entered Qatar in 1936 through affiliation with Iraq Petroleum Company.
Our long history here includes our participation in the discovery of the Dukhan Field, and our support to the development of the petrochemical industry, through stakes in QAPCO starting 1974 and Qatofin later on.
We were a key partner in the foundation of Qatargas in 1986, and we have stakes in Qatargas 1 and Qatargas 2 as well as in Dolphin Energy, thus contributing to the large and fast expansion of gas and LNG in the country.
The discovery of Al-Khalij offshore oilfield in Halul island in 1991, and the creation of North Oil Company with QP to operate Al-Shaheen field in 2017 were milestone achievements for us. We have also supported the development of the downstream refining industry, as a partner of Laffan Refineries 1 and 2. We are also present in Marketing where we have a significant market share in lubricant range products.
We are thus proud of our presence across all of Qatar’s oil and gas value chain, from offshore Exploration and Production, to Downstream and Research.

On their contribution as a French Company in Qatar
Our Headquarter is based in Paris but TotalEnergies is present in over 130 countries, and is one of the top five energy companies in the world. In Qatar, our employees and contractors come from more than 40 different nationalities.
There is a special relationship between Qatar and France, and particularly TotalEnergies having had a continuous 85 years of presence here, and having developed in many of Qatar’s energy businesses together with QP with whom we have forged a remarkable trust and respect throughout the years.
TotalEnergies has been the first international energy Company to accompany the State of Qatar and Qatar Petroleum in the development of the North Field leading to Qatargas 1 start-up in 1996, Petrochemicals with QAPCO in 1974, and today large scale solar energy project at Al Kharsaah.

On Community development in Qatar
TotalEnergies is engaged in a transformation that will place sustainability at the heart of its strategy, projects, and daily operations. Our sustainability goes hand in hand with our sustainable development initiatives, and community development is at the core of our efforts in Qatar.
We are committed to Qatar National Vision 2030, and today we work closely with our stakeholders to further enhance our efforts in contributing to human and social development — through support for education, culture and heritage, sport, road safety, forest and climate, and youth inclusion.
We are also committed to promoting women empowerment and reducing the gender gap through various initiatives such as the Total Women Initiative for Communication and Exchange (TWICE).
Our partnership with Qatar Tennis Federation (QTF) for Qatar TotalEnergies Open ladies’ tennis tournament since its first edition in 2001 helps us achieve our ambition to support sport initiatives in the country. We are proud to see that over the years, the tournament has become a major professional sporting event in Qatar as well as abroad.
More recently, we have joined hands with Qatar Museums for the Energy Playground sponsored by TotalEnergies at NMoQ (National Museum of Qatar), for which construction will soon start. We are proud to play a role in ensuring that children and families understand our energy’s past as well as the energies of the future.
Our road safety program, Via, in partnership with the Michelin Foundation for children in Qatar, helps us strengthen the partnership between the local government, education sectors and local community to implement road safety interventions.
Fostering such close relations by working with government entities, industrial partners, and academia has contributed to various viable programs and initiatives, cementing the long and successful partnership between TotalEnergies and the State of Qatar.

On Clean Energies and LNG in Qatar
Today, we are committed to providing energies that are clean, affordable, and reliable. Our ambition is to be a world class player in the energy transition, and to be among the world’s top five companies in renewable energies by 2030. We also have the ambition to be Net Zero by 2050, together with society. We are basing this strategy on 2 main pillars that are LNG and renewable energy; two energies that are in abundance in Qatar.
LNG holds significant growth prospects in the long run as a transition fuel that reduces emissions. We are already an active partner of Qatar Petroleum and Qatargas, both on the production with QG1 and QG2 and on the marketing sides.
We look forward to the results of the bid in the North Field East (NFE) expansion project that will be key for our future in the country. This ambitious project – which is the world’s largest of its kind, will raise Qatar’s LNG production capacity from 77mn tonnes per year (mmtpy) to 110 mmtpy by 2025.
We have recently established a solar branch in Qatar to support our diversification agenda into renewable energies. Our main project that we conduct with Siraj Energy (QP and QEWC) and Marubeni consists of developing one of the world’s largest solar plants — the Al Kharsaah 800 MWp Solar plant, which will enable a carbon neutral 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Research and Innovation
TotalEnergies opened a Research Center (TRCQ) in 2009 which is at the forefront of our activities. It is dedicated to developing high level technological solutions that will support our core business in order to be more efficient in Qatar and abroad but also to reduce our environmental footprint.
Aligned with Qatar’s National Vision, our research and development activities contribute developing true Qatari competencies as well as creating links between academic and industry in the country.
Some of these research projects are partnerships that we have with Qatar University, Qatar Foundation particularly TAMU-Q and QEERI, to capture the CO2 and convert it to biofuel utilizing microalgae technology and in the solar energy domain.

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