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Qatar Petroleum (QP) awarded US contractor McDermott a “Detailed Design” contract for offshore jackets on 5 May as it presses ahead with its major LNG expansion plan. After ending its 12-year moratorium on North Field gas development in April 2017, Qatar swiftly doubled its expansion plan and intends to add 4.6bn cfd ( MEES, 7 July 2017 ).
The new volumes will supply three new 7.8mn t/y LNG trains, increasing Qatari liquefaction capacity from 77mn t/y to 100mn t/y. QP says first LNG output from the first new train will begin “by the end of 2023,” still in line with its initial prognosis ( MEES, 8 December 2017 ). It is also considering a fourth train later on. If it follows through with this, capacity will rise to almost 110mn t/y. (CONTINUED - 1382 WORDS)
DATA INSIDE THIS ARTICLE
|table||Qatargas Lng Liquefaction Capacity (14 Trains, 77.4mn T/Y Capacity)|
|chart||1. Global Sales Of Qatar Lng Fell 2.7% In 2017 As Only Americas Saw Modest Gains (Mn Tons)|
|chart||2. Qatar’s Top LNG Buyers: China’s Advance Into Fourth Place Offsets Further Japan, UK Declines (Mn Tons)|