Qatar Petroleum has launched an invitation to tender package for Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) to expand its common lean liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage, and the loading and export facilities for its North Field Expansion (NFE) Project aimed to further develop one of the world’s largest offshore gas fields.
Qatar Petroleum said the tender package was issued to world-class contractors. It calls for the engineering, procurement and construction of three LNG storage tanks; compressors to recover tank boil off gas during storage and jetty boil-off gas during LNG vessel loading; LNG rundown lines from the LNG trains to the LNG storage area; two additional LNG berths with an option for a third LNG berth; and loading and return lines from the LNG berths to the tanks.
Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum, said: “Issuing this tender package reflects Qatar Petroleum’s unique contracting strategy approach for the North Field Expansion Project. Under this strategy, we have identified the need for multiple EPC packages that can match the execution expertise in the EPC contracting community for specific scopes of work while providing the opportunity for multiple EPC contractors to participate. The issuance of this tender package will culminate in the award of this EPC contract by February 2020.”
Al-Kaabi said the the tender package was “part of a strong drive to put the various NFE project components in place, including four mega LNG trains that would expand the State of Qatar’s LNG production from 77 million tons per annum to 110 million tons by 2024.”
This also includes the recently announced major LNG ship-building campaign expected to initially deliver 60 LNG carriers in support of the planned production expansion, with a potential to exceed 100 new LNG carriers over the next decade.
Qatar Petroleum last week awarded contracts for a total of eight offshore jack-up drilling rigs required for the North Field Expansion (NFE) Project offshore Qatar. The drilling rigs are planned to be mobilized and ready for drilling activities starting from January 2020.
To remind, April 2017 saw a lifting of the 2005 moratorium the Qatari government imposed on the further development of the North Field.
Offshore Energy Today Staff
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