Qatar Petroleum received the ‘New Venturer of the Year Award’ as part of the Wood Mackenzie Exploration Awards 2020, in recognition of its outstanding and growing international exploration presence around the globe.

In announcing the award, Wood Mackenzie said that Qatar Petroleum embodies the future in terms of high-impact exploration from National Oil Companies, building an impressive acreage footprint in many of the world’s most exciting basins, partnering with some of the best operators in these plays, the majors. This strategy, according to Mackenzie, has already brought success in South Africa, Cyprus and in Guyana.

Qatar Petroleum is the first national oil company to win such award following a competition with energy icons like ENI, BP, Total, ExxonMobil, PTT Exploration and Production, and Petronas.

Minister of State for Energy Affairs and President/CEO of Qatar Petroleum, HE Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, said they are pleased to be the first ever national oil and gas company to receive the prestigious exploration award.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues in QP for their hard work and dedication, as one team, that is leading us to achieving our aspirations.

The minister added that the award constitutes an important testimony from across their peer group in the energy industry, and comes as recognition of Qatar Petroleum’s world-class international exploration portfolio, which is guided by their vision to be one of the best national oil and gas companies in the world, with roots in Qatar and a strong international presence.

The award is based on an annual exploration survey of 250 senior industry leaders and experts, and analysis of licensing and farm-in deals over the year. The recognition sheds light on QP’s world-class growing exploration portfolio, which it continues to develop, and presents an important testament to QP’s growing international footprint and enhanced position on the global energy map, in line with its established upstream strategy.

Qatar Petroleum is the third winner of this prestigious award after Total (2019) and ExxonMobil (2018).

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