Air Products has recognized the opportunities in Qatar and consequently opened a new office in Doha.

The representative office will spearhead the company's pursuit of growth opportunities in energy sectors in Qatar and the Middle East region generally.

The gas giant already has a thriving energy portfolio generating 25 per cent of the company's annual revenue, supplying gases and equipment for GTL (gas to liquids), LNG (liquefied natural gas), gasification and refining projects.

The office opening follows the recent announcement that it had brought its air separation units (ASUs) at the Qatar Oryx GTL project online and on schedule. When fully loaded, they will produce up to 7,000 tonnes per day of oxygen for Oryx to blend with natural gas as part of the GTL production process.

Speaking at the opening, Air Products' executive vice president, Gases & Equipment, Mark Bye, said: "Qatar is a country of great importance to us as energy is one of our growth platforms. We've built a leadership position supplying gases, equipment and operations expertise into sectors such as GTL, LNG and refining. We are establishing a presence here as we want people to consider us the number one choice as an industrial gases partner in Qatar."

The company was delighted to welcome dignitaries and senior business people to an event at the British Embassy to mark the opening. The new office is one of only a few to be approved without a local sponsor.