Natural gas ‘destination fuel’, says Qatar energy minister

Marcus Amudipe
Marcus Amudipe

The Qatar minister of State for Energy Affairs, H.E. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, has stated that natural gas is not a transition fuel as popularly claimed, but a destination fuel.

Al-Kaabi, who is also the President of Qatar Energy, said this on Saturday, January 14, during the ongoing Global Energy Forum, holding in Abu Dhabi.

Al-Kaabi contends that greater gas investments are required globally.He pointed out that unless there is a practical solution that would eliminate the need for the commodity, natural gas is only a destination fuel.

He also insisted that there will be a great need for gas for a very long time.

Speaking on the significance of gas, Al-kaabi said that in order to close the energy access gaps, African nations needed to investigate fossil fuels.

“One billion people today are deprived of basic electricity that we all enjoy. So, we need to be fair. I think one point I would like to just add to that on the investment side; it’s very, very, very unfair of some in the West to say that African countries should not invest in oil and gas and they should, you know, remain green or whatever you want to call it while this is a God-given wealth that they can create for their national growth and for their prosperity. It is oil and gas that is needed for the world. And we should not forget the oil and the petrochemicals and what you need there,” he said.

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