While Qatar has attributed the decision, effective January 1, to its plans to increase natural-gas production, it's clear that its diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia isn't abating.
Qatar has pulled out of Opec, the group of 15 of the world's leading oil producers, to focus on enlarging its gas industry. But losing a long-standing member undermines a bid to show a united front before a meeting that is expected to back a supply cut to shore up crude prices that have lost nearly 30 percent since an October peak.
Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qatari energy minister, announced the decision in a press conference on Monday.
"For me to put efforts and resources and time in an organization that we are a very small player in and I don't have a say in what happens ...
Our potential is gas", al-Kaabi said.
The Opec is estimated to now account for almost half of the global oil production and so has a major say in oil prices.
Qatar is the 11th-biggest oil producer in OPEC, pumping 610,000 barrels a day in October, less than 2 per cent of the group total 33.3 million. "They debated 'what does the withdrawal mean to OPEC and global energy market and to Qatar?", market sources told The Peninsula.
Qatar would continue to produce oil and seek deals in countries including Latin America's top oil producer Brazil, said Kaabi.
The tense relationship between Qatar and its big brothers - Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - had come unstuck back in June 2017 when Doha came under an unprecedented blockade orchestrated by Riyadh. They also launched an economic boycott, stopping Qatar Airways flights from using their airspace, closing the country's sole land border with Saudi Arabia and blocking its ships from using their ports. In the year to September 2018, the US only imported an average of 543,000 barrels per day of crude oil and other petroleum products.
Benchmark Brent crude for instance reached over $85 USA a barrel in early October, only to drop sharply in the time since. However, Qatar has denied all the claims.
Kaabi meanwhile announced Qatar would "make a big splash in the oil and gas business soon", adding Doha would also build the Middle East's biggest ethane cracker, an industrial facility which converts gas to by-products, such as adhesives and ethylene for plastics. Iran and Saudi Arabia have been bitter regional rivals for many years, backing opposite sides in civil wars in Syria and Yemen, but have still been able to negotiate compromises within the group's Vienna headquarters. Qatar produces about 600,000 bpd, which ranks it among the smaller OPEC producers.
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