The unit will have capacity to process about 450 million cubic feet a day (cf/d) of gas from the Khuff reservoir.

The front-end engineering and design (FEED) deal covers the new unit, along with facilities to allow sour gas compression, sweet gas dehydration, acid gas reinjection and associated utility systems.

QP says information from the FEED will form the scope of the forthcoming engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) tender, with the overall project expected to be finished by December 2010.

Qatar currently sources the bulk of its fuel gas for industrial customers from the North field’s Alpha gas processing plant and the Khuff reservoir.

Last year Australia’s WorleyParsons won the FEED contract for a gas sweetening project at Mesaieed. Output of 750 million cf/d of gas from the plant will primarily be used as feedstock for petrochemicals capacity planned for Mesaieed (MEED 5:10:07).