Today, Secretary Perry met with His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar. This energy focused bilateral meeting followed the Amir’s Official Working Visit with President Donald J. Trump earlier in the day. On Monday, Secretary Perry also met with his counterpart, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs and President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, Minister Saad Sherida al-Kaabi.
The two sides discussed the recent expansion of energy ties between the United States and Qatar under the Trump Administration, including: the June 2019 announcement about a new 4th Qatar Petroleum-Chevron Philllips Chemical petrochemical project in Qatar, which will be the largest ethane cracker in the Middle East and the February 2019 announcement of the $10 billion Golden Pass LNG Exports terminal (QP-ExxonMobil), which is expected to create $35 billion in U.S. economic gains and 45,000 direct and indirect jobs. Secretary Perry applauded this week’s agreement between Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Chevron Phillips Chemical for a proposed project that would include a new, $8 billion petrochemical plant in the Gulf coast of the United States. This project is expected to create U.S. jobs both for the construction phase and the later operation of the plant.