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McDermott confirms Qatar North Field FEED job

Qatar Petroleum hands US player key study covering wellhead platforms, pipelines and cables

McDermott International has confirmed the award of a front-end engineering and design contract from Qatar Petroleum (QP) for the state giant's North Field Expansion (NFE) project off Qatar.

News of the deal for the US fabricator confirms an Upstream report in May that said it had landed the award covering provide topsides and other facilities for NFE, which is QP's vast development to lift capacity at the field from 77 million tonnes per annum of liquefied natural gas to 100 million tpa.

Houston-based McDermott said on the Thursday the FEED scope includes the design of four offshore trunk lines with intra-field pipelines, eight wellhead platforms and power and fiber optic (PFO) subsea cable rings.

QP chief executive Saad Sherida al-Qaabi said in May that McDermott had won the FEED for the“eight unmanned wellhead platform topsides, four 38-inch trunklines and four 28-inch intra-field lines”.

“The offshore topsides and pipelines are an important component of the North Field Expansion project’s implementation," Kaabi added at the time.

McDermott said the FEED would be executed from its Doha office, with drafting done in Chennai. Work will begin immediately.

McDermott described the award as "sizeable", which it uses to denote contracts worth between $1 million and $50 million.

In addition to McDermott, Italy’s Saipem, UK’s Wood and TechnipFMC were also thought to be among the bidders for the FEED tender.

The FEED contract for the NFE topsides follows the award of a substantial EPC contract by Qatargas in April to McDermott for the project's jackets.

Fabrication of the NFE jackets will primarily be carried out at its Batam, Indonesia facility, with project management and engineering to be done out of Doha.

QP subsidiary Qatargas is carrying out the tender process for the mega expansion project on behalf of the Qatari state-controlled giant.

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