Discover ENGIE activities in Qatar
Qatar appears demographic and increasingly intense energy demand growth. Since the 2000, ENGIE develops its relations with Qatar through four businesses: power generation, distribution of liquefied natural gas (LNG), exploration and production of natural gas and energy services.
Power and drinking water generation
Qatar is a rapidly developing country. Its population has increased five times in 10 years and its electricity consumption increased by 10% each year. Access to drinking water is a crucial issue in Qatar, this desert region has no natural water source. ENGIE contributes to the development of the country through the design, financing, construction and management of combined cycle power plants and sea water desalination.
Ras Laffan (80 km north of Doha) is a giant complex, the size of a city like Paris. This is the largest gas complex in the Middle East, it provides 50% of the electricity country demand. ENGIE operates Ras Laffan C plant, and since its merger with International Power, the Ras Laffen B plant for a total capacity of 3755 MW and 558,520 cubic meters of drinking water. Both plants use an innovative process for desalted seawater through the heat generated by combined cycle gas turbine plant (CCGT).
Natural gas and LNG
ENGIE and Qatar Petroleum International signed in 2008 an agreement for cooperation for activities in exploration and production of natural gas and distribution of LNG.
- Exploration and production of natural gas
The West Freedom platform is an offshore platform located in the largest natural gas field in the world known to date: "Block 4". Spanning nearly 3,000 square kilometers it is located near the giant Northfield. ENGIE owns 60% of shares and deposit operations with its partner PetroChina (40%). The joint venture explores since 2009 at nearly 4500 meters below the bottom of the sea. These explorations have led to the discovery of a new well which assessment is ongoing. Commercial operations are scheduled for 2020.
- Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
Trade relations in the LNG sector between ENGIE and RasGas (Qatari producer of LNG) were launched in 2006. Since 2010, Rasgas has made available three terminals for export of LNG, one of them was bought by ENGIE in 2012.
ENGIE Tractebel provides its expertise in energy, for Qatalum an aluminium production plant. v
Its missions :
- The maintenance engineering support.
- A study of the robustness of the power supply system.
- The investigation follows a cooling tower fire.
Through a joint venture between Cofely Besix FM and Manai Corporation (a conglomerate of leading companies in Qatar, which manages more than 50 projects in the country), ENGIE provides facility management services and advice on energy practices for building assets.
To sum up:
- The population has increased 5 times in 10years
- 3rd gas producer in the world 
- 1st World LNG exporter 
- The country is approximately the same size as the Paris Region 
- 3rd world reserves of gas