Major work let for RasGas III

30 September 2005
The local/US Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company II (RasGas II)has awarded the two main upstream construction packages on its $13,000 million integrated gas project, known as RasGas III. The Japanese/French joint venture of Chiyoda Corporationand Paris-based Technipwon the estimated $3,500 million contract to build trains 6 and 7 at the RasGas complex, while Jebel Ali-based JRay McDermott Middle Eastwas awarded the estimated $450 million platforms and pipeline package (MEED 9:9:05).

Chiyoda/Technip beat off competition from Japan's JGC Corporationand the US' Kellogg Brown & Rootto win the onshore engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. Trains 6 and 7 will each have capacity of 7.8 million tonnes a year (t/y) and use technology and liquefaction process equipment supplied by the US' Air Products. Completion of train 6 is scheduled for late 2008, with train 7 following a year later.

For the offshore engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) contract, McDermott will supply two topsides and install two 38-inch-diameter, 100-kilometre-long gas pipelines, 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 financing was completed in August. The project will deliver gas into the US. RasGas II is a 70:30 joint venture of Qatar Petroleum and the US' ExxonMobil Corporation.

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