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Liquefied Natural Gas

In less than 20 years, Qatar has evolved from a small oil producer to the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas.

LNG refers to natural gas that has been converted into liquid form for ease of transport and storage. Because liquid is more dense than water, the amount of space it takes up for the same amount of energy is significantly smaller. In fact, LNG takes up only about 1/600 of the space required by natural gas in its gaseous state, making it much easier to transport over long distances where pipelines do not exist.

The global demand for natural gas will likely continue to rise in the near future, if not, at least Qatar's demand will. In preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the country is re-transforming its infrastructure to meet the needs of the world's greatest sporting event. The development of mega-projects, such as the new airport and seaport, Medical City and railway system are all contributing to the rise in demand for energy.

Plans are underway to expand existing LNG facilities and develop new ones. Ras Laffan Industrial City, which lies 80 kilometers north of Doha, is already home to the world's largest LNG project.

LNG plays a significant role in Qatar's economic growth. The government will continue to invest heavily in safe, state-of-the-art technology and improvements to ensure that Qatar keeps its place as one of the most important energy suppliers of the world.