Qatar Petroleumand France’s TotalFinaElfwill be the main shareholders in the venture. It is unclear whether they will be joined by other foreign partners in the Qatargas and RasGas ventures, as was originally discussed.

Three international engineering contractors have already submitted bids for the FEED package. They are Bechtelof the US, Japan’s JGC Corporationand Paris-based Technip. An award is expected once the joint venture agreement has been signed.