Qatar’s state-owned petroleum company, QatarEnergy has awarded a major engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for the North Field Expansion (NFE) Project to a joint venture (JV) between Spanish-based general contractor Técnicas Reunidas and China-based EPC firm Wison.
Further, the JV was awarded a lump-sum contract for the expansion of the sulfur handling, storage, and loading facilities within Ras Laffan Industrial City.
The company said that these facilities will support the NFE’s four new LNG trains, which are scheduled to start by year-end 2025. The contract will also include an option for further expansion to support sulfur production for the two additional LNG trains of the North Field South (NFS) project, and infrastructure to support future additional LNG trains.
“The award of this EPC contract is the culmination of our efforts to implement the NFE project, the largest of its kind in the history of the LNG industry, as part of our journey for the sustainable development of our massive natural gas resources, while maintaining our position as the world’s largest, safest and most reliable LNG producer. The contract with the TR-Wison joint venture includes options for the NFS project as well as any future requirements for the handling, storage, and loading of sulfur. We look forward to working together to deliver this important project in a safe, timely, and successful manner.”
As part of the contract, the TR-Wison joint venture will manage the detailed engineering work from Qatar. With the execution of this EPC contract, the only remaining major EPC contract for the delivery of the North Field Expansion Project is the EPC contract for the NFS two onshore processing and liquefaction trains. Currently, it is planned to be awarded by the end of 2022.
“In conclusion, when completed, the NFE and NFS projects will increase Qatar’s LNG production capacity from 77 MTPA today to 126 MTPA by 2027,” the company said.
QatarEnergy started the North Field East Project in 2020 in order to expand its liquefied natural gas (LNG) production. The North Field lies off the northeast shore of the Qatar peninsula and is one of the largest single non-associated natural gas fields in the world.