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McDermott Scoops Offshore Contract

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QatarEnergy has awarded a huge engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract to US contractor McDermott International for the offshore facilities destined for its North Field East Expansion project in the Persian Gulf.

The Qatari state-owned giant said it has placed an award to McDermott Middle East — a wholly-owned subsidiary of the US-based engineering and fabrication giant McDermott International.

The contract’s scope will include 13 normally unmanned wellhead platforms topsides – eight for North Field East and five for North Field South – in addition to various connecting pipelines and shore approaches for the NFE pipelines, beach valve stations and buildings, the Qatari company said.

“The jackets and the pipelines for the NFS Project will be subject to a separate tender which is expected to be awarded in the first half of 2022,” the statement added.

QatarEnergy noted that the NFE and NFS projects will increase Qatar’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) production capacity from 77 million tons per annum (tpa) to 126 million tpa, with first production expected in 2025.

The award for the giant NFE offshore facilities confirms a recent report that tipped McDermott as the frontrunner for two prized EPCI packages comprising the NFE expansion scheme.

While QatarEnergy did not disclose the value of the two packages, it is understood that they are together valued upwards of $3.5 billion.

Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, the chief executive of QatarEnergy said the award demonstrates the company’s commitment to delivering its “LNG expansion projects on time and to ensure the significant additional global LNG demand is catered for in a timely manner.”

“We are confident that the effective collaboration between QatarEnergy, Qatargas and McDermott will result in the safe and successful delivery of the project according to plan,” Al Kaabi noted.

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