Qatar's RasGas in CSR drive

RasGas, the liquid natural gas (LNG) firm owned by the Gulf state of Qatar, has enlisted Haggie Hepburn to front a CSR push as expansion attracts foreign interest.

RasGas is hoping to play up its environmental credentials as LNG becomes a more important source of energy in the drive towards low-carbon economies.

Qatar has about 30 per cent of the world's LNG reserves.

Haggie Hepburn cofounder Ronald Hepburn said the CSR campaign would show 'how every drop of gas contributes to the economy, health system, education and environment of the people of Qatar'. He added that RasGas wanted to be known for its 'good governance and husbandry of Qatar's natural resources.

It wants to be a beacon of good practice in the region'.

Gas-fired power stations emit a third of the carbon dioxide produced by their coal-burning counterparts.

The potential riches to be reaped from LNG have not been lost on RasGas's foreign competitors.

Last month, major Indian exploration company Oil and Natural Gas Corp acquired a five per cent stake in the company's LNG plant in Qatar for £71m.

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