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Main business activities

  • Upstream
  • Integrated Gas

Shell’s footprint

Qatar Shell GTL Limited acts as contractor and operator for the State of Qatar (represented by QatarEnergy) with regard to the Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL) project. In return, Qatar Shell GTL receives a share of production. Shell has a development and production-sharing agreement with the State of Qatar. Qatar Shell Service Company W.L.L. provides technical services to QatarEnergy in exploration and production. Qatar Shell Research & Technology Centre QSTP-LLC carries out research and development for Shell and supports Qatar’s national research strategy. Shell Global Solutions International B.V. provides technology licensing and technical services in Qatar.

Separately, Shell holds a 30% interest in Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Limited (4), a liquefied natural gas project which is 70%-owned by QatarEnergy.

Country financial analysis

Country-by-country report data for Qatar are not available for this report. The minimal statutory corporate income tax rate on gas and oil revenues in Qatar is 35%. Our Payments to Governments Report for 2021 shows that Shell paid $1.578 billion in corporate income tax, production entitlements and licence fees to the state of Qatar in 2021. Of this, $859 million was for corporate income tax.

Corporate income tax
This is a direct tax imposed on companies’ profits. It is sometimes levied at a national level but can also be levied on a state or local basis.
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Country-by-country reporting
Country-by-country reporting (CbCR) was introduced for all large multinational enterprises (MNEs) as part of the OECD BEPS project. The report should disclose aggregate data on income, profit, taxes paid and economic activity among tax jurisdictions in which the MNE operates. The report is filed with the main tax authority (typically the tax authority in the country in which the MNE has its head office) which can share it with tax authorities in other countries.
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Fees and other sums paid as consideration for acquiring a licence for gaining access to an area where extractive activities are performed. Administrative government fees that are not specifically related to the extractive sector, or to access to extractive resources, are excluded. Also excluded are payments made in return for services provided by a government.
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