Mar. 25, 2015


HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada

Qatar

HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada

Minister of Energy and Industry, Qatar

BIO

HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada holds a PhD from the University of Manchester’s Institute of Science and Technology and has been Minister of Energy and Industry since 2011. Before this, he was the Minister of State for Energy and Industry Affairs since April 2007. He has 32 years of expertise in the energy sector, having begun his career as Technical Director at Qatar Petroleum (QP) in 1983. He was appointed QP’s Managing Director in 2001. In 2006 he became Managing Director of RasGas, and Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2011.

What were the most important policies taken by the Ministry of Energy and Industry over the past year?

The global energy landscape is fast-changing following the entry of nonconventional energy supplies in the US, the increasing penetration of new and renewable energy sources, more energy-efficient technologies, and gas supplies from both conventional and unconventional resources from other parts of the world. The Ministry of Energy and Industry has to respond to such uncertainties, volatilities, and energy dynamics with appropriate policy measures. During 2014, we introduced policies that empowered key stakeholders and players in the energy sector, which included the promotion of “rationalization and energy efficiency," and “sustainable development and environmental sustainability" measures. The Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) had initiated the “rationalization and energy efficiency" (tarsheed) campaign. It has adopted international standards and specifications to achieve sustainable services with higher efficiency aimed at improving quality of life in Qatar and the protection of the country's valuable resources. With regards to “sustainable development and environmental sustainability," the Ministry of Energy and Industry has asked key stakeholders and players within the energy sector to submit annual reports on their sustainability initiatives. The aim is to enhance the management of economic, environmental and social impacts, thereby optimizing the energy sector's contribution to the development of Qatar. This initiative has increasingly encouraged key stakeholders and players to fulfill the requirements of sustainable development, which lies at the heart of Qatar's National Vision (QNV) 2030, under the wise guidance of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar. The aim is to consolidate the position of the State of Qatar as a responsible global energy provider with world-class best practices. I have encouraged the companies in the energy and industry sector in Qatar to submit their five-year sustainable development strategies with well-defined performance targets. The “Sustainability in the Qatar Energy and Industry Sector Report 2013" was issued at an award ceremony held in June 2014.

The year 2014 marked the 40th anniversary of Qatar Petroleum, the national oil and gas company that propelled Qatar one of the largest hydrocarbon exporters in the world. What are the distinct qualities that will support success in the decades to come?

Among the critical factors that will help Qatar Petroleum sustain its position for a long time to come in the energy markets are the abundant reserves of hydrocarbon resources, particularly the natural gas held in the world's largest non-associated gas reservoir, namely the North Field; the diversity and size of the energy projects particularly LNG, GTL (gas to liquids) and many streams of LPGs; Investment in R&D and education programs launched to build knowledge and competence within the workforce; and the strategic partnership with leading international energy companies based on mutual benefits.

What is the role of the ministry in aligning Qatar's research and development stakeholders in the local energy sector?

Aligned with the QNV 2030, the vision and goals of the Ministry of Energy and Industry are the driving force building Qatar's robust industrial sector with balanced growth. R&D activities and initiatives are embedded in this pursuit of growth. They play a fundamental role in achieving the economic sustainability. This along with education creates the conditions for healthy economic development. The necessary infrastructure capable of servicing and responding to the country's current and future energy needs has been established to support both national and private sector stakeholders, catering to their research and development needs. The Ministry of Energy & Industry plays an active role to ensure a collaborative climate is fostered to maximize each player's contribution.

What is the specific importance of the various improvements in the infrastructure of Qatar to the local energy and industry sector?

The development of infrastructure projects, especially those related to transportation, is of particular importance for the development of the local energy and industry sectors. The sophisticated rail and metro network projects underway will link all industrial cities and main ports to the GCC rail network through Saudi borders and Qatar-Bahrain causeway project. It will minimize transportation costs for industries and speed-up delivery to local and international customers. While the oil and gas industry requirements are served by the ports at Mesaieed and Raslaffan, the development of a new port in the proximity of Doha city is also underway. It will provide a facility that will cater to the future growth of export goods being produced in Qatar. It will maximize the transportation synergy required by providing the needed shipment infrastructure to the future industrial areas and economic zones, complementing the existing facilities of our industrial cities.

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