QatarEnergy has awarded McDermott International a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the North Field South (NFS) offshore pipelines and power/FO cables project.

The scope of work on McDermott’s contract covers developing FEED studies for offshore and onshore pipelines, cables, and associated facilities.

McDermott did not reveal the value of the contract but said that the project will be managed from its Doha office, with support from Chennai.

McDermott senior vice-president Offshore Middle East Tareq Kawash said: “McDermott is one of the most experienced engineering and construction firms serving the LNG market and has delivered more than 30 LNG pre-FEED and FEED projects over the past ten years,”

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with QatarEnergy to contribute to the development of this strategic offshore development.”

McDermott added that the latest contract win is in addition to the contract it received earlier for the NFS jackets, topsides, and pipelines for the North Field Expansion Project (NFXP). 

The NFS infrastructure is part of the NFXP development. It will supply feed gas for two additional liquefied natural gas (LNG) trains and is expected to boost the total LNG production in Qatar to 126 million tons per annum (Mtpa) from the current 77Mtpa. 

McDermott Qatar country manager and vice-president of operations Neil Gunnion said: “McDermott has decades of experience delivering projects in Qatar, a historically strategic market, and is significantly increasing localisation efforts with the Tawteen In-Country Value (ICV) program.

“McDermott is uniquely positioned to combine its EPC expertise with FEED and ensure that our design is practical, safe, and commercially viable.”

In January this year, QatarEnergy awarded McDermott International a key contract to undertake engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) works for major offshore structures at its giant North Field gas reserve.

The scope of the contract included the EPCI of 13 uncrewed wellhead platforms at the North Field.