Award nears for RasGas II mega trains

16 September 2005
Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company II (RasGas II) is understood to be close to awarding the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for trains 6 and 7 on its integrated RasGas III project. Industry sources say that an award is expected by mid-September and that the joint venture of Japan's Chiyoda Corporation and Paris-based Technip is the frontrunner. The trains will each have capacity of 7.8 million tonnes a year (MEED 15:7:05).

One other group - Japan's JGC Corporationwith the US' Kellogg Brown & Root - submitted commercial bids in late June for the $3,000 million-3,500 million contract. The Chiyoda/Technip team is already working on a similar-sized contract atRas Laffan for Qatar Liquefied Gas Company II (Qatargas II), having been awarded its two-mega train order last December (MEED 17:12:04).

An award is also approaching for the main upstream package.Two fabricators - Jebel Ali-based J Ray McDermott Middle East and Abu Dhabi's National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC)- submitted commercial bids on 21 July for the estimated $300 million engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) contract. It centres on the supply of two topsides and the installation of a 38-inch-diameter, 100-kilometre-long gas pipeline, cabling, a power cable and flowlines. The other main EPC package out to tender on the project involves the construction of a gas receiving terminal in Texas (MEED 12:8:05).

The RasGas III project is due to start delivering gas into the US in late 2008. RasGas II is a 70:30 joint venture of Qatar Petroleum and the US' ExxonMobil Corporation.

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