Qatar Petroleum has awarded contracts to two companies to procure a total of eight offshore jackup drilling rigs for the North Field expansion project.
The state-owned petroleum company plans to mobilise the drilling rigs for drilling activities starting in January 2020.
One of the contracts was awarded to Gulf Drilling International (GDI) for six rigs. The contracts for the remaining two rigs will be provided by Northern Offshore Drilling Operations.
The contracts are awarded for terms ranging from two to four years. The provisions also include options for extending the duration of the drilling programme.
The planned drilling programme is part of Qatar Petroleum’s expansion project to increase the country’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) production capacity from the existing 77 million tonnes per year (Mtpa) to 110Mtpa by 2024. The company noted that the scope of the programme will include the drilling and completion of 80 new wells from eight wellhead platform locations.
In April, the firm awarded a contract to McDermott Middle East for the fabrication and installation of eight North Field expansion offshore jackets.
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Qatar Petroleum president and CEO Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi said: “This award package is the latest in a series of steps in Qatar Petroleum’s plan to execute the North Field expansion project. We are pleased to have our National Drilling company GDI take part in this important project.”
“This award is another important milestone towards delivering on QP’s long term strategy of increasing Qatar’s LNG production capacity from 77Mtpa to 110Mtpa, which is progressing well and according to plan on all fronts.”
The company invited three groups in April to bid for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) packages on LNG mega-trains for the expansion project. The invitees included a joint venture between Chiyoda and Technip France, and a group comprising JGC and Hyundai Engineering and Construction. The third group consists of Saipem, McDermott Middle East and CTCI.