The small, gas-rich state of Qatar mentioned Monday that it’ll depart the oil cartel on January 1 after practically 60 years of membership. The nation’s state oil firm, Qatar Petroleum, made the announcement in a sequence of tweets.
“The withdrawal decision reflects Qatar’s desire to focus its efforts on plans to develop and increase its natural gas production,” Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the nation’s minister of state for vitality affairs, was cited as saying in a single of the tweets.
Qatar is the world’s main exporter of liquified pure gasoline, accounting for about 30% of international demand.
It would be the first Middle Eastern nation to tug out of OPEC, which solely offers with crude oil manufacturing. Qatar’s contribution has been marginal in comparison with some of the cartel’s largest producers like Saudi Arabia and Iraq. It pumps about 600,000 barrels a day of the just about 25 million barrels a day from all OPEC members.
“Qatar is a fairly small producer … it was not making very much so it’s not that significant in itself,” mentioned Robin Mills, CEO of Qamar Energy, a consultancy agency based mostly in Dubai. “But it’s a disappointment for OPEC because they’ve been trying to attract members.”
OPEC has been increasing in Africa, with Congo and Equatorial Guinea becoming a member of lately. “If you add those up, [the production] is equal to Qatar’s so it’s kind of lost the equivalent [output] of those new members,” Mills added.
Qatar has been a member of OPEC since 1961. It mentioned the group was conscious of its determination to withdraw.