OPEC-member Qatar has recently hastened development of its natural gas resources, specifically targeting the LNG market, of which the small Middle Eastern country is now the leading exporter. Although the lowest reserve holder among its peers in OPEC, Qatar is estimated to contain more than 15 billion barrels of proven oil reserves as of 2007. The country boasts close to 911 Tcf of proven natural gas reserves, and leading the way in securing and exploiting these resources are Qatargas and Rasgas. Of particular value to the country's natural gas production is the giant offshore North field, or the Qatari extension of the South Pars megaproject, which is the largest gas field in the world.
Business Development focuses on finding new growth opportunities for the organization, whether it is through acquiring new customers, market expansion and/or brand awareness. The primary goal is to build partnerships that allow leverage to drive revenue. Although often thought to be synonymous with sales, business development involves a mix of negotiations, marketing, networking, and project management to create long-standing relationships and profitability.