Three other groups have bid for the contract, the initial scope of which calls for the construction of a receiving terminal at Milford Haven, in Wales, with capacity of 7.8 million tonnes a year (t/y), with an option to expand it to 15.6 million t/y.

The terminal will receive gas from the two 7.8 million-t/y trains planned by Qatargas II at Ras Laffan. Commercial bids are due in on 7 November for the EPC train contract from two groups: Japan’s Chiyoda Corporationwith France’s Technip; and Japan’s JGC Corporationwith US-based Kellogg Brown & Root(MEED 15:10:04).

The $11,000 million Qatargas II project calls for the delivery of 15.6 million t/y of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into the UK, starting in late 2007. Qatargas II is a 70:30 venture between Qatar Petroleum (QP) and ExxonMobil Corporationof the US.