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Qatar’s LNG expansion project to increase capacity

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Qatar Petroleum has announced that it has decided to increase the capacity of Qatar’s LNG expansion project, which was originally announced last year.

Capacity will be increased by adding a fourth liquefaction train. Once complete, Qatar’s LNG production capacity will reach 110 million tpy, representing an increase of approximately 43% from its current production capacity of 77 million tpy.

By adding a fourth train, the new project will produce approximately 32 million tpy of LNG, 4000 tpd of ethane, 260 000 bbl/d of condensate, and 11 000 tpd of LPG, as well as approximately 20 tpd of pure helium.

Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, said: “As we have announced last year, Qatar Petroleum has embarked on a project to develop additional gas from the North Field and build three new LNG mega trains. Based on the good results obtained through recent additional appraisal and testing, we have decided to add a fourth LNG mega train and include it in the on going front end engineering of the project. When the project is completed and all four new trains are online, Qatar’s LNG production capacity will reach 110 million tpy. This will increase Qatar’s total production capacity from 4.8 to 6.2 million barrels of oil equivalent per day.

“This new capacity increase will further strengthen our leading position as the world's largest LNG producer and exporter, and will further boost Qatar Petroleum's strategic growth plan. This production addition will have a great impact on Qatar’s economic growth and will help stimulate our local economy.

“On this occasion, I would also like to thank all my colleagues and partners in the energy sector in Qatar for their excellent dedication and support of our ambitious growth plans.”

According to the statement, the North Field Expansion Project is well underway with a number of activities currently underway. These include the front end engineering and design (FEED) of the onshore facilities, which is being executed by Chiyoda Corp. of Japan. The engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for the offshore wellhead jackets is expected to be awarded before the end of the year, and development drilling activities are expected to commence imminently.

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