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Qatar announces large natural gas discovery

Qatar announces large natural gas discovery

March 11th, 2013 in News

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Qatar says it has discovered as much as 2.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in an offshore field.

Energy Minister Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sadah told reporters Sunday the discovery was made at the field known as Block 4 North, off the shore of the Gulf island nation. The field is operated by Qatar Petroleum along with its partners Mitsui Gas Development Qatar and Germany's Wintershall.

Al-Sadah, who is also managing director of Qatar Petroleum, said "we are very pleased" with the discovery. He said it was part of an effort by the country to "prudently explore for and develop our natural resources" as part of contribute to the country's economic prosperity.

OPEC member Qatar is a major exporter of oil and natural gas.