Qatar Petroleum has selected Japan’s Chiyoda Corporation to execute the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) of the onshore facilities of the North Field expansion project.
The facilities will produce an additional 23mn tonnes per year (tpy) of liquefied natural gas (LNG), which will raise Qatar’s production from 77mn tpy to 100mn tpy, as was announced by Qatar Petroleum in July, 2017.
Qatar Petroleum President & CEO Saad Sherida al-Kaabi expressed great pleasure at the award, and said “The award of the front end engineering and design contract to Chiyoda Corporation, is a significant milestone in our journey to deliver the first LNG from this new project by the end of 2023.”
Al-Kaabi added: “The addition of 23mn tpy of LNG will not just enhance Qatar Petroleum’s position as the world's largest LNG producer and exporter, but also its international image as a reliable and trustworthy energy provider.”
The facilities will produce an additional 23mn tonnes per year of LNG,
which will raise Qatar’s production from 77mn tpy to 100mn tpy
“The expansion of Qatar’s LNG production from the North Field is an important landmark in Qatar Petroleum's strategic growth plan and objectives of becoming one of the best national oil & gas companies in the world.
“We are continuing discussions with potential international joint venture partners for this strategic project to determine an optimized arrangement with the objective of delivering maximum value to the State of Qatar and contribute to the optimal utilization of Qatar’s natural resources.”
The FEED scope of work will provide the basic design for the addition of three LNG mega trains, each one with 7.8mn tpy production capacity with associated pre-investment to add a 4th LNG train in future.
The onshore facilities will receive approximately 4.6bn standard cubic feet per day of feed gas from the southern sector of Qatar’s North Field, which is the largest single non-associated gas field in the world.
The processing of the feed gas will also produce approximately 3,000 tons/day of ethane as feedstock to a petrochemical development in Qatar, 185,000 barrels/day of condensate, and 8,500 tons/day of LPG for sale into world markets, in addition to approximately 12 tons per day of pure helium.
Qatargas has been entrusted with executing this mega-project on behalf of Qatar Petroleum.
Qatargas, which has a well-proven history in delivering such major projects, also has an established and long-term successful relationship with Chiyoda Corporation.