McDermott Middle East has secured an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract from QatarEnergy for offshore facilities and pipelines related to the North Field expansion project.

The North Field East (NFE) and North Field South (NFS) expansion projects are expected to boost the LNG production capacity of Qatar from 77 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) to 126 MTPA.

Production from the expansion project is due to start in 2025.

Under the contract, McDermott will provide 13 normally unmanned wellhead platform topsides, including eight for NFE and five for NFS.

The scope of the contract also includes various connecting pipelines and shore approaches for the NFE pipelines, beach valve stations, and buildings.

QatarEnergy plans to launch a separate tender for the jackets and pipelines for the NFS project, with contract being awarded in the first half of 2022.

QatarEnergy president and CEO and Qatar Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi said: “The award of this major EPCI contract is a momentous milestone that demonstrates QatarEnergy’s commitment to delivering our LNG expansion projects on time, and to ensure the significant additional global LNG demand is catered for in a timely manner.”

Located offshore north-east Qatar peninsula, the North Field is said to be the world’s biggest single non-associated natural gas field.

In August 2021, QatarEnergy, formally known as Qatar Petroleum, selected Spain’s Técnicas Reunidas for the expansion of existing liquid product storage and loading facilities as part of the North Field LNG expansion project.