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Qatar’s LNG Dominance Threatened by Shell’s Reported Withdrawal

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 16.29.29Extract from an article by Andy Tully published by oil on 21 July 2014

In 2013, however, one Shell well in Block D of the field came up dry, although Qatar had promoted it as a rich source of energy. As a result, Shell decided against even beginning a second exploratory well, anonymous sources told The Wall Street Journal. A person identified by The Journal only as a Shell spokesman said the first well had reached the depth planned to explore for gas, but “it did not encounter commercial volumes of hydrocarbons.” Now, he said, Shell is negotiating with QP and PetroChina on how to withdraw from the venture without drilling the second well.

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