Qatar Petroleum (QP) announced its decision to increase the capacity of Qatar’s LNG expansion project, which was announced last year with the addition of a fourth liquefaction train. Upon completion of the project, Qatar’s LNG production capacity will reach 110 million tonnes per annum (MTPA), representing an increase of around 43% from its current production capacity of 77 MTPA.

With the addition of the fourth train, the new project will produce about 32 MTPA of LNG, 4,000 tonnes per day of ethane, 260,000 barrels per day of condensate, and 11,000 tonnes per day of LPG, in addition to approximately 20 tonnes per day of pure helium. The announcement was made by QP president and CEO, Saad Sherida Al Kaabi.

As we have announced last year, Qatar Petroleum has embarked on a project to develop additional gas from the North Field and build three new LNG mega trains. Based on the good results obtained through recent additional appraisal and testing, we have decided to add a fourth LNG mega train and include it in the ongoing Front end engineering of the project.

When the project is completed and all four new trains are online, Qatar’s LNG production capacity will reach 110 MTPA. This will increase Qatar’s total production capacity from 4.8 to 6.2 million barrels of oil equivalent per day.’

Al Kaabi added that the new capacity increase will further strengthen the leading position of the country as the world’s largest LNG producer and exporter,  further boosting QP’s strategic growth plan. This production addition will have a great impact on Qatar’s economic growth and will help stimulate the local economy.

We believe that LNG has bright prospects, and that the new expansion project reflects QP’s commitment to meeting its customers’ growing needs for reliable and environmentally friendly fuel. I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of the State of Qatar, for his wise leadership and continuous support to Qatar’s energy sector.’

Al Kaabi  also expressed his gratitude to colleagues and partners in the energy sector for their dedication and support of QP’s ambitious growth plans.

The North Field Expansion Project is well underway with various activities currently ongoing, including the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) of the onshore facilities, being executed by Chiyoda Corporation of Japan. The engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for the offshore well-head jackets is expected to be awarded before the end of the year, and development drilling activities are expected to commence soon.

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