Qatar official takes WPC Dewhurst prize

Former Qatar energy minister Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah will be honoured with the Dewhurst award at the World Petroleum Congress in Moscow next month.

The World Petroleum Council confers the award for "outstanding" lifetime achievements and contributions to the oil industry.

Al Attiyah, who currently chairs the Gulf state's Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, is widely credited as the "architect of Qatar’s energy transformation" into a top global exporter of liquefied natural gas.

"Al Attiyah is an inspirational leader for our industry and has left an enormous legacy for his country and the sector as a whole," World Petroleum Council president Renato Bertani said in a statement.

Prior recipients include Brazil's Guillerme Estrella and Saudi Arabia's former oil minister Ali Al Naimi.

The honour is named for Thomas Dewhurst, who organised the first WPC in 1933.

Each recipient delivers the Dewhurst Lecture at the close of the congress, which takes place every three years.

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