Qatar Petroleum Issues North Field Tender

Invitation to Tender for LNG facilities

Oil and gas firm Qatar Petroleum has issued an Invitation to Tender Package for development of its liquefied natural gas facilities at the North Field Expansion, or NFE, Project In offshore Qatar.

The tender package covers all engineering, procurement and construction work needed to expand its common lean LNG storage, loading and export facilities.

“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,” said Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, CEO of Qatar Petroleum.

EPC Contract by 2020

The wide-ranging project is expected to drive competition between bidding contractors and support breakbulk demand for several years. Scope of work includes 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.

 “The issuance of this tender package will culminate in the award of this EPC contract by February 2020,’’ Al-Kaabi added.

North Field Expansion

The world's third-largest oil company by oil and gas reserves, Qatar Petroleum is wholly owned by the state and a key driver of government policy. A major element of this policy has been the construction of a fourth LNG train at the country’s sprawling North Field Expansion Project.

“This tender package is 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,” Al-Kaabi said.

Construction of the new LNG facilities is set to involve major project cargo requirements and once complete will bring output at the field to about 32 million tonnes of LNG per year, 4,000 of ethane per day and roughly 20 tonnes per day of pure helium. 

“This [project] also includes the recently announced major LNG shipbuilding 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,” Al-Kaabi added.