UAE-based Dodsal has been awarded the subcontract, worth up to $280 million, covering two gas projects at Ras Laffan.

The contract has two elements. The first, a firm order worth $180 million, is for the utilities and offsites (U&O) package on liquefied natural gas (LNG) trains 6 and 7 under the integrated RasGas IIIproject. The scope of works for the 31-month contract includes civil, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system and telecommunications work (MEED 23:9:05).

The second element, optional and worth the remaining $100 million, will be for the utilities and offsites package of phase 2 of the Al-Khaleej gas (AKG-2) scheme. The project is aimed at the production of about 800 million cubic feet a day of sales gas to be supplied to industries and utilities at Ras Laffan Industrial City, and is being handled by Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company (RasGas).

The order was placed by the Japanese/French joint venture of Chiyoda Corporationand Paris-based Technip, which was awarded in September the estimated $4,000 million main contract. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract will cover two mega LNG trains, each with capacity of 7.8 million tonnes a year. Completion of train 6 is scheduled for late 2008, with train 7 following a year later.

Under the train contract, the Chiyoda/Technip group also has the option to carry out the main EPC package covering the AKG-2 scheme.

Work on the upstream gas development project will start as soon as the project is approved by the shareholders (MEED 30:9:05).