Qatar is to throw open operatorship of its giant 300,000 b/d al-Shaheen oilfield in a tender that will likely see Danish incumbent Maersk compete against majors Shell, Total and Exxon.

Qatar Petroleum (QP) on 7 May invited a group of international oil companies to compete for the future operation and development of the offshore al-Shaheen oil field, when the current exploration and production sharing agreement (EPSA) with Danish firm Maersk expires in mid-2017. (CONTINUED - 1535 WORDS)