ExxonMobil to invest $16bn in Qatar over 5 years
Dubai, May 23, 2011
ExxonMobil's investments in Qatar might exceed $16 billion over the next five years, compared to a world total of $37 billion, a senior company official has said.
At a round table meeting held by the company to review world energy expectations until 2030, Saleh Bin Saad Al Mana, the vice-president of Government and Public Affairs at ExxonMobil Qatar, said the company will invest some QR 217 million in the Qatar Science and Technology Park by 2014, in a report in The Economic Times.
According to a report released on the same occasion, steady population growth in the world will lead to an increase in energy demand by 35 per cent in 2030, compared to 2005, Qatar's official news agency said.
The report said the rising use of natural gas and other sources of low-intensity carbon supplies, besides energy conservation methods, will curb the environmental impact of the increase in energy demand.
The report expected a shift toward the use of natural gas, with governments and companies looking for reliable, cheaper and cleaner sources to meet energy needs.
By 2030, the world's demand for electricity will increase by more than 30 per cent compared with 2005.
In the Middle East, demand for electricity in 2030 is expected to rise by more than 150 per cent from 2005 levels, the report said.
It also noted that the world's demand for natural gas will increase by 70 per cent in 2030, compared to 2005.