QatarEnergy awards $10 billion NFS LNG contract

State-owned LNG giant QatarEnergy has awarded the engineering, procurement, and construction contract for the North Field South (NFS) project to a joint venture of Technip Energies and Consolidated Contractors Company.

According to a statement by QatarEnergy, the EPC contract’s value is around $10 billion, and its scope covers the construction of two “mega LNG trains” with a capacity of 8 million tons per annum each.

In addition, the contract includes associated facilities for gas treatment, natural gas liquids recovery, as well as helium extraction and refining within Ras Laffan Industrial City.

Technip and Chiyoda previously won the EPC award for QatarEnergy’s North Field East project which includes building four “mega trains” with a capacity of 8 Mtpa in the Ras Laffan complex.

This first phase of the expansion project will increase Qatar’s LNG production capacity from 77 to 110 Mtpa, while the second phase will further boost capacity to total 126 Mtpa.

QatarEnergy holds a 75 percent interest in the NFS project and has already signed partnership agreements with TotalEnergies, Shell, and ConocoPhillips for the remaining 25 percent.

Carbon capture and solar power

Qatar’s energy minister and chief executive of QatarEnergy, Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, signed the EPC contract with Arnaud Pieton, president of Technip Energies, and Oussama El Jerbi, CCC managing director for Qatar, during a ceremony in Doha.

“QatarEnergy is proud to announce yet another significant milestone in the world’s largest LNG project, reinforcing our commitment to meeting the global demand for natural gas,” Al-Kaabi said.

He said that the NFS project is a “unique development” that minimizes its environmental footprint by design.

“It includes one of the largest CO2 capture and sequestration facilities and constitutes an important step towards achieving QatarEnergy’s target of more than 11 Mtpa of CO2 capture and sequestration by 2035,” Al-Kaabi said.

In addition to the carbon capture and sequestration facilities, the environmental attributes of the NFS project also include importing a significant portion of the project’s electrical power requirements from the grid in the form of renewable solar power, according to QatarEnergy.

This power will be generated at QatarEnergy’s solar power facilities currently under construction in Ras Laffan.

The project also includes a ‘jetty boil-off gas’ recovery system, which will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Moreover, the project will also conserve five million cubic meters of water per year by recovering 75 percent of the plant’s tertiary water, QatarEnergy said.

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