Dutch global geological survey firm Fugro has announced the completion of the first phase of its offshore site investigation for LNG firm Qatargas’ North Field ‘production sustainability compression’ phase.

The North Field is the world’s biggest single non-associated natural gas field. It is located 80 nautical miles (nm) offshore north-east Qatar peninsula.

Phase one of the project focused on the geophysical scope, while the geotechnical scope, which is included under phase two, will continue until next month.

Fugro noted that the in-country project teams on board the company’s dedicated vessels Proteus and Adventurer are executing the fieldwork.

The fieldwork includes cone penetration testing and P-S logging.

According to the company, the final deliverables will comprise a bathymetric and geophysical survey, as well as a geotechnical appraisal of the soils that have been encountered.

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This data will help optimise the jacket platform pile foundation design, and pipeline and cable-route engineering at the North Field.

Fugro Middle East Marine Geophysics director Gerard Ferreira said: “Continuing from previous projects for Qatargas’ North Field Production, this latest project benefits from more efficient processing and in-country mobilisation of assets, demonstrating how we constantly strive to improve our services for clients such as Qatargas to provide sustainable solutions in an ever-changing industry.”

In October 2018, Fugro secured a five-year deal with Qatargas for underwater inspection, geotechnical, and geophysical services in Qatar.

Last month, Fugro secured an inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) contract from Seamec to support the latter’s asset management project for India’s ONGC.

In April this year, Fugro secured a contract to support subsea well decommissioning performed by the semi-submersible Well-Safe Guardian.