Qatar Petroleum Becomes Exclusive Marketer of Crude Oil Exports

Press release
Published January 4th, 2018 - 12:32 GMT
Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, QP President and CEO
Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, QP President and CEO

Qatar Petroleum (QP) announced yesterday that all crude oil produced in Qatar for export to international markets has been designated by a ministerial directive as a Regulated Product effective January 1, 2018. 

Consequently, Qatar Petroleum, as the marketing agent for ‘Qatar Petroleum for the Sale of Petroleum Products Company Limited’ (QPSPP), will be the exclusive entity to market and sell all crude oil exported from Qatar.

Previously, QP and the various International oil companies active in the production of crude oil in Qatar were independently marketing crude oil based on their production entitlements. Going forward, QP becomes the single interface with the international markets for all marketing and sales related activities.

Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, QP President and CEO, described the announcement as a further step towards realising its vision to become one of the best national oil companies in the world, with roots in Qatar and a strong international presence. Al Kaabi said “the regulation of crude oil exports is expected to deliver significant synergies in marketing and logistics, as well as cost efficiencies to the benefit of the State of Qatar and the crude oil producing entities. It will also further strengthen Qatar Petroleum’s international marketing ability and expand its global footprint.This is an important milestone in support of the continued and sustained growth and development of our national economy”.

QPSPP, formerly known as, Qatar International Petroleum Marketing Company Limited’ (previously Tasweeq), was established pursuant to Decree Law No. (15) of 2007 concerning the Organization of Marketing and Selling of Regulated Products Outside the State of Qatar, and is wholly-owned by Qatar.  Qatar Petroleum was appointed by the State of Qatar, pursuant to Law No. (9) of 2016, as QPSPP’s Marketing Agent in order to leverage the combined set of technical, commercial and financial capabilities and to achieve cost efficiency through the harvesting of synergies.

Background Information

Qatar Petroleum

Qatar Petroleum (QP) is a state-owned public corporation established by Emiri Decree No. 10 in 1974. It is responsible for all phases of the oil and gas industry in the State of Qatar.

The principal activities of QP, its subsidiaries and joint ventures are the exploration, production, local and international sale of crude oil, natural gas and gas liquids, refined products, synthetic fuels, petrochemicals, fuel additives, fertilizers, liquefied natural gas (LNG), steel and aluminium. 

QP’s strategy of conducting hydrocarbon exploration and development is through Exploration and Production Sharing Agreements (EPSA) and Development and Production Sharing Agreements (DPSA) concluded with major international oil and gas companies.

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