Qatargas has signed a “Letter of Award" with Chiyoda Technip Joint Venture for the construction of four new LNG mega-trains for the North Field East Project (NFE), the world's largest LNG project, which will raise Qatar's LNG production capacity from 77 million tons per annum (MTPA) to 110 MTPA.
In addition to LNG, the project will produce condensate, LPG, ethane, sulfur and helium. It is expected to start production in the fourth quarter of 2025 and its total production will reach about 1.4 million barrels oil equivalent per day.
The project's key onshore engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract was signed by His Excellency Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Qatargas, Mr. Kazushi Okawa, the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Chiyoda Corporation, and Mr. Arnaud Pieton, the President of Technip Energies, in the attendance of Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chief Executive Officer of Qatargas, and senior executives from Qatar Petroleum, Qatargas, Chiyoda, and Technip.
The main scope of the EPC contract is the construction of 4 mega LNG trains with a capacity of 8 MTPA each, with associated facilities for gas treatment, natural gas liquids recovery, as well as helium extraction and refining within Ras Laffan Industrial City.
One of the most important environmental elements of the NFE project is its CO2 capture and sequestration (CCS) system that will be integrated with our wider CCS scheme in Ras Laffan, which -once fully operational- will be the largest of its kind in terms of capacity in the LNG industry, and will be one of the largest ever developed anywhere in the world.
In addition to the CCS scheme, the NFE project will have a number of elements that provide this project with a unique positive environmental proposition, such as:
The NFE project represents the first phase of LNG expansion in the State of Qatar, while the second phase, referred to as the North Field South Project (NFS), will further increase Qatar's LNG production capacity from 110 MTPA to 126 MTPA. With an expected production start date in 2027, the NFS project involves the construction of two additional mega LNG trains (with a capacity of 8 MTPA each) and associated offshore and onshore facilities. The NFS project was initiated as a result of Qatar Petroleum's successful onshore appraisal activities in the North Field and targets the monetization of gas from the southern sector of the North Field. As these appraisal activities continue, Qatar Petroleum is evaluating further LNG capacity expansions beyond 126 MTPA.