The natural gas export market is more difficult and complex to steer than for oil and definitely not for the weak of heart, Qatar Petroleum (QP) CEO Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi said Tuesday.

The world’s biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer is attempting to keep its grip on the No. 1 position with the two-phase expansion at North Field, Al-Kaabi said at CERAWeek by IHS Markit.

Al-Kaabi discussed the role of natural gas going forward during a half-hour discussion with ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods and IHS Markit Vice Chairman Daniel Yergin. Yergin quizzed the executives about what direction the global LNG business is going as deep-pocketed players vie for market control. 

“I don’t think in the conventional way of thinking of commodities that LNG today can be considered a...