The long-term deals are rare in Qatar’s oil and gas sector, and cover engineering and maintenance services once the plant starts production (MEED 9:5:08).

“We have prepared our proposal for Shell GTL very carefully,” says Jerome Lynch, director for international operations at PSN. “The tender is forthcoming.”

PSN is expected to compete for the contract alongside the UK’s Amec and Petrofac, and the US’ Halliburton.

It is understood that up to four integrated agreements will be signed with Pearl GTL as Shell aims for the next stage of the facility’s development.

About $10bn worth of contracts have already been handed out on Pearl.

The last major energy maintenance deal in Qatar was signed in 2004 between Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company (RasGas) and a joint venture comprising Transfield Services and WorleyParsons, both of Australia, and the local Trags (MEED 5:11:04).