Under the terms of the deal, Chiyoda will carry out basic engineering on two gas processing trains with a capacity of 1.7 billion cubic feet a day (cf/d). The scope also includes definition of a possible third train.

The Barzan project aims to meet the natural gas requirements of the growing local market for electricity and water in Qatar. It is part of the gas development scheme for the North field, the world’s largest non-associated gas field.

Owned by Qatar Petroleum and the US’ ExxonMobil Corporation, and executed by Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company (RasGas), the project is expected to be run in three separate phases.

The first phase will deliver 1.7 billion cf/d of gas by 2012, the second 2 billion cf/d and the third up to 2.5 billion cf/d (MEED 12:2:08).