QP already out of the blocks on expansion programme

State-owned Qatar Petroleum (QP) is implementing plans to ensure that an expansion programme to raise Qatar's LNG production to 100 million tonnes per annum is delivered on time, writes Nassir Shirkhani.

QP is wasting little time in lining up contractors even before the final investment decision, expected late next year.

In March, QP picked Japans Chiyoda to carry out the front-end engineering and design of the onshore facilities at the North Field expansion project.

The facilities will add 23 million tpa to Qatars current LNG production of 77 million tpa.

In May, US contractor McDermott won a key detailed design award for offshore platform jackets. QP called the contract an important step towards the awarding of a full engineering, procurement, installation and construction deal, which it sees taking place by the end of the year.

State-owned Qatargas recently sought interest from at least six leading EPC contractors to participate in the North Field expansion project.

The workscope includes six wellhead jackets, each likely to weigh upwards of 1500 tonnes.

A separate tender process for the topsides is expected at a later stage.

Several key contractors including McDermott, Italys Saipem, Malaysias Sapura Energy, UK-based TechnipFMC, Oslo-listed Subsea 7 and Indian engineering giant Larsen & Toubro are understood to have been invited by Qat....

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