Qatar Petroleum Issues NFE Tender

Three Consortia in Running for Contracts

Oil and gas firm Qatar Petroleum has issued an Invitation to tender for development of four liquefied natural gas mega-trains at its North Field Expansion project.

The tender was issued to three separate EPC joint ventures and includes all engineering, procurement and construction for the mega-LNG trains as well as associated gas and liquid treatment facilities, ethane and liquefied petroleum gas production and fractionation, a helium plant, and utilities and infrastructure to support the processing units.

“This tender package comes in line with Qatar Petroleum’s plan to move into the next significant phase of the North Field Expansion project, which will culminate in the award of this EPC contract in January 2020. We are pleased to have the participation of three international joint ventures with outstanding EPC contractors; and we look forward to a highly competitive tender,” said Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, CEO of Qatar Petroleum.

Three Joint Venture Bidders
The three joint ventures currently in the running for the lucrative NFE project are:
• Japan’s Chiyoda Corporation and French firm Technip.
• Japanese firms JGC Corporation and Korea’s Hyundai Engineering and Construction.
•Italian contractor Saipem, American firm McDermott Middle East and Taiwan’s CTCI Corp.

“The four-mega LNG trains are part of Qatar Petroleum’s plans to expand the State of Qatar’s LNG production from 77 million tonnes per annum to 110 million tonnes per annum by 2024,” a spokesperson for Qatar Petroleum said.

State-owned Qatar Petroleum is the world's third-largest oil company by oil and gas reserves and its revenues amount to 60 percent of Qatar’s GDP.

North Field Development Swells

As the world's largest natural gas field, North Field is home to significant infrastructure development, targeting the estimated 1,800 trillion cubic feet of in-situ natural gas and 50 billion barrels of natural gas condensates.

“Issuing this tender package further demonstrates Qatar Petroleum’s commitment to executing this milestone mega-project. It comes at a time when all activities related to the project are progressing well and according to plan at all fronts; and I am pleased to announce that further contract awards related to the project will be announced shortly,” Al-Kaabi added.

Offshore Jacket Work Commences

The latest NFE tender follows closely on the recent contract award for the fabrication and installation of eight NFE offshore jackets to McDermott Middle East, and the contract award for early site works for the onshore project to the joint venture between Consolidated Contractors Co. and Teyseer Trading and Contracting Co.
Fabrication for the offshore jackets will primarily take place at McDermott's facilities in Batam, Indonesia, with its vessels Derrick Barge 50 and Derrick Barge 27 scheduled to undertake the installation and completions work.
Photo: LNG facility. Credit: Qatar Petroleum