Talks held recently between Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Chinese officials and other energy companies in China had resulted in “further cooperation” in the field of energy, QP has announced in a statement.

QP president and CEO Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, who is also the chairman of Qatargas, had concluded his visit to China where he led a high-level delegation involved in talks on energy cooperation with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and other energy companies.

During the visit, al-Kaabi held talks with NDRC vice-chairman Nur Bekri, who is also the chairman of the National Energy Administration (NEA). The meeting focused on reinforcing relations between Qatari and Chinese companies in the field of energy.

Also, al-Kaabi’s meeting with Yang Hua, the chairman of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), focused on cooperation between both sides in the energy field. Both sides also discussed the enhancement of LNG trade, oil and gas exploration, and development cooperation.

CNOOC and QP had partnered with Shell as the winning bidding consortium for the Alto de Cabo Frio-Oeste block in the prolific Santos hydrocarbon basin offshore Brazil late last year.

Similar meetings were held with Wang Yilin, the chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC); Dai Houliang, acting chairman and president of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec); and Li Yalan, the chairperson of Beijing Gas.

The visit also included meetings with chief executives of a number of prominent Chinese energy companies and institutions with whom al-Kaabi discussed ways and means of developing and expanding cooperation between their respective companies and Qatar.

Al-Kaabi, who described the visit and meetings as “very successful,” said, “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Chinese government and the company officials we met with for their hospitality and constructive discussions. Our talks have opened the door wide open for further cooperation between our companies.”