N-KOM cuts steel for first offshore living quarters to be built in Qatar

Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) has held a steel cutting ceremony for the first offshore living quarters to be fabricated in Qatar at the Erhama bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard.

Steel cutting ceremony; Source: Nakilat

Nakilat said that the project scope was awarded to N-KOM by Rosetti Marino, an Italian company providing (EPC) services to the energy industry worldwide.

Rossetti Marino was awarded the EPCIC (engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning) contract for the fabrication of offshore living quarters and refurbishment of an existing platform with modern facilities for a local offshore complex in the North Field.

Nakilat CEO, Abdullah Al Sulaiti, said: “This ceremony marks a milestone not only for N-KOM but also for Qatar, as this is the first such offshore fabrication to be wholly-constructed locally.

“With N-KOM’s solid experience in handling offshore fabrication projects and Rosetti Marino’s expertise in the field of EPC services, we are confident in delivering the project in a safe, timely, and efficient manner, towards supporting the growth of Qatar’s oil and gas industry.”

An estimated 4,700 metric tonnes (MT) of structures will be fabricated by N-KOM as part of the project, comprising of jacket and piles, as well as a topside for the offshore platform.

The new offshore platform is intended to accommodate an additional 90 persons on board and will be linked via six bridges to the existing complex, thereby increasing the total accommodation capacity of the platform to 152 persons.

Expected to be completed by mid-2020, the additional accommodation capacity will enable the offshore platform to meet the demands of increased operational requirements.

Oscar Guerra, Rosetti Marino CEO, said: “We strive to add value towards the creation of a vibrant oil and gas industry for Qatar, and to generate greater opportunities for valuable partnerships with local players of the oil and gas sector as outlined in Qatar’s National Vision 2030.”

As for the North Field, it is considered to be one of the largest gas fields in the world, located in the Persian Gulf, and shared between Qatar and Iran. Iran’s part of the field is known as South Pars gas field.

To remind, Qatar Petroleum announced in September 2018 that it would further boost North Field output by adding a fourth liquefaction train to the previously announced expansion 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 the country’s total production capacity from 4.8 to 6.2 million barrels of oil equivalent per day.

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