Qatargas Operating Company has selected US-based engineering and construction company McDermott to work on its North Field Production Sustainability (NFPS) offshore fuel gas pipeline and COMP1, a subsea cables project.

The engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract was categorised as “major” by McDermott, meaning it is valued between $750m and $1.5bn.

Under the contract, McDermott will install 190km of 32in-diameter subsea pipelines, 17km of subsea composite cables, 186km-long fibre-optic cables, and 10km of onshore pipelines.

The COMP1 project is a component of the NFPS Offshore Compression Project, which involves the installation of new equipment in Qatar’s North Field, including compression complexes at seven sites.

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This contract comes after the North Field Expansion Project (NFXP) contract that McDermott received in 2022.

McDermott Middle East offshore senior vice-president Mike Sutherland said: “The COMP1 award reflects the confidence key customers have in our ability to deliver strategically significant energy infrastructure projects in the Middle East.

“As we continue to progress the NFXP offshore contract awarded to us last year, we are helping the State of Qatar expand LNG production from 77mtpa [million tonnes per annum] to 126mtpa via the new LNG trains under construction. We are delighted to deliver this key pipeline and cable infrastructure and support the extension of the production plateau for the existing LNG trains.”

McDermott Qatar manager and operations vice-president Neil Gunnion said: “Our continued commitment to Qatar, building end-to-end execution capability in-country and significantly enhancing the local fabrication platform via QFAB, the McDermott-Nakilat joint venture fabrication yard in Qatar, will support continued energy development in the region.”

The McDermott Doha office will be solely responsible for the project’s management and engineering, with QFAB handling the fabrication.

Earlier this month, McDermott secured a contract from Sarawak Shell Berhad (SSB) to transport and install pipelines offshore Malaysia.