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.
Procedures for handling emergencies are required before petroleum related activities are approved. Emergency Response is a detailed plan on response measures that deals effectively with an emergency. The Emergency Response team is responsible for preparing and responding to any emergencies and carrying out safe and efficient evacuations of personnel during major incidents.