Exploration & Production

Barzan delay challenges Qatari ambitions

Fresh problems at Barzan will push back the project's startup and have a knock-on effect on Qatar's wider economic goals Fresh problems at Barzan will push back the project's startup and have a knock-on effect on Qatar's wider economic goals.
By James Gavin 7 November 2016 0 22691
Sasol’s Oryx GTL plant in Qatar. Barzan is intended to spur downstream developments. (Sasol GTL)

Having seen its LNG export revenues halve in the past two years, Qatar faced more bad news last month in the form of a fresh delay to the startup of its much-vaunted Barzan gas project. 

The $10.3 billion development is a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil and will be operated by RasGas. Barzan was intended to meet surging domestic energy demand but has experienced a series of setbacks that have already put back its startup by at least two years from the originally scheduled...