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.
Cost Engineering is the management of project cost and includes cost control, estimating, forecasting and budgeting. Cost engineers apply scientific principles and techniques to budget and plan for investment projects and monitor costs throughout the project lifecycle. A cost engineer will work to get the best balance between cost to the client, quality and timely completion of the project.