QatarEnergy announced the awarding of a major Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Installation (EPCI) contract for the offshore scope of its North Field Expansion Project to McDermott Middle East Inc.

The expansion project will increase Qatar’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) production capacity from 77 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) to 126 MTPA, through the North Field East (NFE) and North Field South (NFS) expansion projects, with first LNG expected in 2025.

The scope for the awarded contract includes 13 normally unmanned wellhead platforms topsides (eight for NFE and five for NFS), in addition to various connecting pipelines and the shore approaches for the NFE pipelines, beach valve stations and buildings. The jackets and the pipelines for the NFS Project will be subject to a separate tender which is expected to be awarded in the first half of 2022.

Commenting on the occasion, Minister of State for Energy Affairs and Qatar Energy President and CEO, HE Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi said the award of the major EPCI contract is a momentous milestone that demonstrates QatarEnergy’s commitment to delivering the LNG expansion projects on time, ensuring that the significant additional global LNG demand is catered for in a timely manner.

This contract also reinforces our excellent relationship with McDermott. We are confident that the effective collaboration between QatarEnergy, Qatargas and McDermott will result in the safe and successful delivery of the project according to plan.

HE Minister Al-Kaabi also expressed his thanks and appreciation to Qatargas CEO Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, and to the Qatargas and QatarEnergy teams for their significant efforts and contributions that resulted in the successful and timely execution of the contract.

Qatargas, which has a proven history of delivering such major projects, has been entrusted with executing this mega project on behalf of QatarEnergy.

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