Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Sada opens Gazprom office in Qatar

SATYENDRA PATHAK

DOHA MINISTER of Energy and Industry and Chairman & Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum (QP) HE Dr Mohammad bin Saleh al Sada, presided over the formal opening of the Gazprom’s representative office in Qatar on Sunday.

The opening of the Russian gas giant’s representative office in the country is aimed at promoting cooperation with the Arabian Gulf states, as well as representing and protecting the company’s interests in the region.

Speaking on the occasion, Sada said, “We are very happy to see Gazprom open its office in Qatar.

It is a recognition of Qatar’s position in the natural gas sector.” “This office will go a long way in establishing a platform of cooperation and promote joint investment between the two countries,” he said.

Talking about new opportunities in the world gas market through partnership with Gazprom, Sada said, “Qatar is keen to cooperate with giant companies (big firms) all over the world to maintain a good supply of gas to consumer countries.” Gazprom Chairman Victor Zubkov said, “The representative office will be responsible for strengthening the company’s relationships with QP, Qatargas, RasGas, Qatari government agencies, and other strategic energy partners and government agencies within the Gulf region. Its activities will focus on collaborating with such strategic partners to identify and evaluate mutually beneficial business opportunities within the region.” “The official opening of the Gazprom’s office in Qatar marks a crucial step towards building long-term relationships, focused on improving communication and boosting regional cooperation in the energy sector,” he said.

Besides Victor Zubkov, who is also the special representative of the Russian President for cooperation with Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF); Pavel Fedorov, Russian Deputy Minister of Energy; Leonid Bokhanovsky, GECF Secretary-General; Dmitry Trofimov, Russian Federation Charge d’Affaires in Qatar, and Gazprom International Business Department head Pavel Oderov, also attended the inauguration ceremony.

Also present during the event were senior officials from QP and major companies in the Qatar’s energy sector.

“The Gazprom’s representative office in Qatar will help coordinate efforts of Gazprom’s subsidiary companies to transact directly with these strategic partners, and it will also represent Gazprom in the GECF, which is headquartered in Doha,” said a senior Gazprom official.

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