Friday, January 14, 2011

China's CNPC, Qatar Petroleum planning JV in China

Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:30am GMT

BEIJING Jan 13 (Reuters) - China and Qatar will strengthen cooperation in the oil and gas industries and the top oil companies of the two countries plan joint venture projects in China, the government said on Thursday.

During a meeting between visiting Qatar Oil Minister Abdullah al-Attiyah and Wang Yong, the head of state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC), the two sides vowed more communication and joint development.

"Both sides talked about planned joint venture projects in China between China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) and Qatar Petroleum (QP)," the SASAC said on its website

It didn't elaborate on the projects.

SASAC is both a regulator and shareholder of some Chinese state giants.

In May, Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L: Quote), CNPC and QP signed a 30-year deal for gas exploration and production in Qatar, the holder of the world's third-largest gas reserves.

Shell, as operator, will hold a 75 percent equity stake, with CNPC holding the remainder.

Attiyah said at that time that Qatar was in talks over the supply of 7 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas to China and four million tonnes of LNG to India. [ID:nLDE64F0HG]

Read more of the report here.

Source: Reuters