HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah receiving the Dewhurst Award from WPC President Dr Renato Bertani.
The World Petroleum Council has granted the Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah the Dewhurst Award in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to the oil and gas industry” in Qatar and globally.
HE al-Attiyah received the award from Dr Renato Bertani, President of the World Petroleum Council, during an official ceremony held in Moscow yesterday afternoon, at the end of the 21st World Petroleum Congress.
The award is named after Thomas Dewhurst, who organised the first World Petroleum Congress in 1933. Celebrating scientific and technological excellence in the petroleum industry, the award is a tribute to him and to the person asked to deliver the Dewhurst Lecture.
Having led Qatar’s rise to one of the keyplayers in the global gas sector and the world’s largest exporter of LNG, HE al-Attiyah, joins a prestigious group of past recipients who have been respected leaders in the industry and demonstrated unusually high achievements over many years.
The World Petroleum Council was established in 1933 and provides a forum for discussion of the issues facing the oil and gas industry worldwide. It is a non-advocacy, non-political organisation, dedicated to the application of scientific advances in the oil and gas industries, technology transfer and the sustainable use of the world’s petroleum resources for the benefit of all. The WPC is registered as a charity in the UK.
Speaking the ceremony, HE al-Attiyah expressed his pleasure and his thanks for the WPC and the organisers to give him this award of the global value.
He praised the discussions and findings made during the 21st Congress, explaining that it embodies the Thomas Dewhurst vision of that led to the holding of the first global Congress of Petroleum in 1933. In this context, HE al-Attiyah expressed pride for Qatar hosting the 20th World Petroleum Congress in Doha in 2011.
HE al-Attiyah went on to review the achievements and the great successes made by the State of Qatar in the oil and gas sectors during the last stage, stressing that this success is owed to the vision of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and HH the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, during the period of their wise leadership of the country, where Their Highnesses guidance have direct impact in building strong and sustainable relationships with international partners, in addition to the strong implementation of the oil and gas projects.
He stressed the need for global co-operation, commitment and desire to invest in capital, technology, and most importantly, investment in human resources, which he said will definitely be the future of the energy industry.
He noted that he was a witness to the remarkable progress achieved by the State of Qatar in many aspects, especially the development of oil and gas sector… noting in this regard that Qatar is the main source of liquefied natural gas in the world and first in the world in the field of gas-to-liquid, is also the capital of the world in the field of gas-to-liquids, and the host country of 2022 World Cup.